Ingrown nail is a common condition in both people with diabetes and non-diabetic people. It occurs when the nails of the toes grow into the surrounding skin and cause foot pain. Having diabetic vasculopathy, diabetic neuropathy and polyneuropathy is a known risk factor for ingrown nails. Apart from the pain, ingrown nails are a cause for concern as it can lead to diabetic foot infection.
Diabetes and feet – Symptoms of ingrown nails
Ingrown nails are nails of the toes that tend to grow into the surrounding skin. In this condition, the edges of the nails grow into the surrounding skin and pierce the skin causing sores. It is a condition that can cause sharp foot pain and can lead to infections if left untreated.
Since the curvature of the toenails are higher in people with ingrown nails, they tend to grow into the skin causing the nails to pierce into the soft flesh of the toes and cause severe pain while walking.
Symptoms of ingrown nails include:
- Foot pain along with tenderness
- Swelling of the skin on affected toe (usually the big toe)
- Pain and discomfort while walking
- Buildup of fluids
- Secreting pus and blood at times
Since ingrown nails carry a major risk of diabetic foot infections and diabetic foot ulcers, it is important to consult a diabetes doctor or a podiatrist immediately.