Ingrown Toenails Treatment

Ingrown Toenails Treatment

An ingrown toenail is an unsightly and often painful condition, which can affect your ability to walk if it is not properly treated. An ingrown toenail will pierce the skin, which can result in red and swollen feet. When the skin on the toe rubs against socks or shoes, it can further irritate the problem and even lead to an infection. An ingrown toenail most commonly happens on the big toe, although it is possible to have an ingrown toenail on any of the nails.

What Causes Ingrowing Toenails?

There are several things which may cause an ingrown toenail. If you cut your nails with sloping edges they are more likely to become ingrown. This is why we recommend to cut your toenails in a straight line, and then file the edges until they are smooth. Damaged nails are also more likely to become ingrown, as these types of nails are often thicker which results in extra pressure on the surrounding skin. Finally, poor-fitting footwear will increase the chances of ingrown toenails by forcing the toenails back into the skin. By choosing appropriate footwear, having your nails cut correctly, and by taking care of your nails, you will be less likely to experience ingrown toenails.

What Does a Treatment Involve?

A specialist will take a look at your feet, and then propose the best course of treatments according to your specific condition. This may include gently removing the edges of the toenail to prevent it from digging in to the skin. In severe cases, a full toenail removal may be required. This minor surgical procedure is completed under a local anesthetic, and can take up to 6 weeks to heal. A chemical may also be applied directly onto a toenail to prevent it from regrowing.

If you think you may have any type of nail infection, then please call or email our offices to schedule in an appointment.

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