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Boogie Nights: Mark wore a protective boot after undergoing surgery for an ingrown toenailMark Wahlberg had been spotted wearing around a post-op boot for an ingrown toenail surgery he had recently, but the boot was absent during the filming of his latest movie, a remake of The Gambler. On set Wahlberg was seen in 70’s era clothing but didn’t seem to show any signs of injury or pain.

The actor also attended the Critics’ Choice Awards last week without the boot. Lone Survivor, his current film, was a box office success this past weekend, indicating that his career and health are both making big strides.

If an ingrown toenail isn’t treated properly, it can become infected. For professional assistance with your ingrown toenail, visit podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can teach you about the causes of your condition and what you can do to help it heal.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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