If you don’t trim your nails properly, you might be setting yourself up for ingrown toenails. At Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery, with offices in Worcester and Webster, Massachusetts, the skilled podiatrists offer conservative and surgical solutions to treat ingrown toenails. They focus their treatment plans on quickly relieving your discomfort and reducing your risk for painful infections. If you need treatment for ingrown toenails, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
Ingrown toenails develop when your nail grows into the soft tissue on the side of your toe. This condition most often affects the nail on your big toe when you cut your nails too short or taper the nail to the shape of your toe.
You might be at increased risk of developing ingrown nails if you wear ill-fitting shoes that are too tight or too narrow or following trauma to the affected nail, such as stubbing your toe.
When you have an ingrown toenail, you’ll likely see the nail growing under the skin nearby. The skin may become swollen and tender to the touch. You may find it difficult to wear shoes comfortably.
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can cause a painful infection. In some cases, the infection can also cause pus to drain from your toe.
To reduce your risk for infection and severe pain, you should seek treatment for an ingrown toenail as soon as you see your nail growing into the skin.
If you catch an ingrown toenail in the earliest stages, you might be able to treat it without an invasive procedure. Typically, soaking your foot in warm water several times a day will keep the nail soft so that you can trim it properly.
If you already have pain in your toe or suspect you have an infection, the providers at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery recommend scheduling a diagnostic evaluation.
They may place cotton between your nail and skin to relieve your symptoms and allow the skin to heal. If your ingrown toenail is severe, they may need to remove part or all of your toenail. A course of antibiotics might also be necessary to clear any infection.
Adults requiring nail removal can expect a new nail to grow back within three to four months. In children who have recurrent ingrown toenails, the providers might recommend permanent removal of the nail.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation of ingrown toenails, call the Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery office nearest you or book a consultation online today.