Sharp toe pain with every step or light touch? Bacteria starting to turn your toe red and angry? Don’t ignore your ingrown toenail!
An ingrown nail might not only be painful, but can lead to a bad and potentially dangerous infection!
Our skilled Podiatrists are trained in a special technique for ingrown toenail removal that is more cosmetic and less damaging to the rest of the toenail and toe. At our office, we see a high volume of ingrown toenails with various presentations.
Ingrown Toenail Causes
- Trauma (stubbing toe, repeatedly bumping against shoes, kicking, running, etc)
- Genetics (passed down from family members)
- Improper trimming of toenails
- Fungal or Bacterial infection
- History of nail loss
- Tight shoes
Infected Ingrown Toenail
Not only are ingrown toenails painful, but they can lead to potentially dangerous infections. These infections can cause a wound (ulcer), a bone infection (osteomyelitis), increased pain in other parts of the foot, and can affect blood-flow in the area.
Our Podiatrists also have a background in wound care and infection management. Removal of the toenail border that is causing the infection in addition to an antibiotic (oral or topical) may be required to stop the infection.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
While many people look for ingrown toenail home treatments, the earlier a Podiatrist can treat an ingrown toenail, the better the chances are that the treatment course will be shorted and the outcome will be better.
Our Podiatrists do an excellent job at explaining possible treatment options. If needed, an in-office procedure can be performed, where a sliver of the toenail is removed. There is also the possibility of destroying the root of the toenail in just that sliver of nail to prevent it from growing in that area. Sometimes for stubborn ingrown toenails, surgical intervention is required at a surgery center. Our Podiatrists are well trained in toe surgeries and perform them frequently as well.
Ingrown Toenail Prevention
- Cut toenails straight across so that they do not extend past the toe, but avoid cutting too short or digging into the sides (nail folds)
- Do not wear shoes that are to constricting on your toes
- Do not place cotton swabs or other material under the toenail
- Do not try to perform surgery on yourself
- Soak toe and massage skin away from the toenail
- If symptoms begin to occur, seek treatment early
Ingrown Toenail: Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Goldfine or Dr. Shaynah Goldfine
All pictures and information from 2005, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons www.FootPhysicians.com.