Since an ingrown toenail can lead to severe pain and discomfort, you can get effective relief at The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. The practice’s expert podiatrists perform ingrown toenail surgery right in the office and if needed, treat any lingering infection. Before your ingrown toenail turns so painful that it starts affecting your daily routine, book an appointment.
Why do I get ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails develop when your nails grow abnormally into your skin, rather than away from it. This issue can happen on one or both sides of your nail in any of your toes, although it most commonly occurs in your big toe.
The most common cause of ingrown toenails is improper nail trimming. For instance, if you trim your toenails too short or round out the edges — or tear your toenails — as they grow, they won’t be able to grow over your skin; instead, they grow into it. Ingrown toenails also occur due to:
- Trauma or injury
- Inherited curved shape of the nail
- Shoes that crowd your toes
Because an ingrown toenail can quickly become infected due to limited blood flow and healing abilities at the tips of your toes, you need to know the symptoms and get treated right away.
What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?
Redness, swelling, and tenderness at the ingrown portion of your nail are the most common symptoms. Once you start noticing pus or oozing, you may have an infection in your toe.
Discomfort can become so great that your ingrown toenail can make it uncomfortable for you to walk or bear weight on the affected foot. As soon as you notice any of these issues, it’s important to book an appointment at one of our offices.
How do I treat an ingrown toenail?
You should never try and treat an ingrown toenail on your own since you risk making the wound worse. Our Foot and Ankle specialists can treat your ingrown toenail and any underlying infection on the spot, to help you get relief from pain.
After gently numbing your toe, our specialists trim away the ingrown portion of your nail. If needed, they can even remove the offending part of the nail at the root — or the entire nail — to permanently prevent regrowth. This is usually a last resort if you continue struggling with ingrown toenails.
The entire ingrown toenail surgery offered at our offices is quick and virtually painless. You can be in and out of the office in about 15 minutes, and be able to walk away comfortably in your sneakers.
You can get relief from an uncomfortable ingrown toenail at The Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Book your appointment today.