Ingrown toenails become painful and can become infected when left untreated. At Best Foot Forward in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri, Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, treat patients of all ages with ingrown toenails. If you have toe pain or changes to the nails of your toes, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
An ingrown toenail is caused by the nail curving or bending inward and growing into the surrounding skin. They’re most commonly found on the big toe. Ingrown toenails are often painful.
Ingrown toenails are caused by cutting your toenails too short, stubbing your toe, or wearing shoes that are too tight. Hangnails can also cause ingrown toenails.
You might not realize that you have an ingrown toenail unless it becomes infected. Ingrown toenails can easily become infected, causing swollen toes, pain, and tenderness where the nail and skin come together. People with diabetes or circulation problems are more at risk of developing an infection and complications from ingrown toenails.
Practice the following to help prevent ingrown toenails:
Keep your toenails even with the tips of your toes. Your shoes may put pressure on your toes if you trim toenails too short, leading to ingrown toenails.
Instead of trimming your toenails in a curve to match the shape of your toes, cut them straight across.
Shoes that are too small, too tight, or too narrow put excess pressure on your toes and lead to ingrown toenails. Diabetes and some other conditions can damage the nerves in your feet. So you might not know that your shoes are too tight. Visit a specialty shoe store for people with foot problems to get correctly fitted for shoes.
Try home remedies before scheduling an appointment if you think you might have an ingrown toenail and don’t have diabetes. Soak your toe in warm, soapy water or use a topical antibiotic cream. Call Best Foot Forward for medical attention if the discomfort and tenderness don’t improve after a few days.
You should also see a podiatrist about ingrown toenails if you see redness, pus, or swelling around the ingrown toenail.
The experienced providers at Best Foot Forward repair ingrown toenails in the office using a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable. During the procedure, they remove the affected toenail and some of the surrounding skin.
When left untreated, an ingrown and swollen toenail can infect the bones in your toe and lead to complicated health problems, especially if you’re diabetic.
To fix an ingrown toenail and prevent complications from infection, call the practice today or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.