Perhaps not the most glamorous injury, but ingrown toenails are easily one of the more common and painful foot problems around.
Also known as Onychocryptosis, there are a variety of ways an athlete could suffer from the problem. Excessive pressure on the outside of the great toe, stubbing or having a toe stepped on, tight socks and shoes, even improper trimming of your nails can cause ingrown toenails.
The pain isn’t easy to deal with, as a soccer player is usually always on their feet! With soccer being a dynamic sport of rapid acceleration and changes in direction, kicking a ball with an ingrown toenail can be incredibly painful. Soreness and sensitivity along the margins of the toenails may lead to infection (watery discharge, blood, pus). If infected, immediately visit a podiatrist.
If uninfected, treat the feet by soaking them in either salt or warm soapy water. Drying them thoroughly, applying a mild antiseptic solution, and bandaging the toe will make a difference.
However, if the athlete takes proper care of their feet, ingrown toenails can be certainly prevented.