Ingrown toenails are a common problem when toenails, usually the big toenail, grow into the corner or side of the surrounding skin, causing painful swelling, redness, and in some cases, an infection.
Symptoms include, pain and tenderness along one or both sides of the nail, redness or swelling around the toenail. In some cases, the tissue around the toenail can become infected.
People with genetic predisposition including people with unusually curved toenails or those with pronation (when ankles collapse) are more likely to suffer from painful ingrown toenails.
The most likely causes of ingrown toenails include cutting toenails too short or not straight across, wearing shoes that crowd the toe, or injuring the toenail.
Many cases of ingrown toenail can be treated at home.
- Start with prevention by keeping toenails at moderate length, cutting them straight across, and wearing shoes that don’t put pressure on the nails.
- Treat ingrown toenails by soaking toes in warm water with Epsom salts to relieve the pain.
- Lifting the nail and placing cotton, dental floss or a splint under the nail to help it grow above the skin edge.
More severe cases may require removing the ingrown portion of the nail. Before this procedure, the podiatrist may numb the toe by injecting it with a local anesthetic. Complete removal of the nail and tissue may be required for the most severe or recurring problems on the same toe. This procedure will prevent that part of the nail from growing back. The doctor may use a chemical, a laser or other methods. The doctor may also recommend using antibiotics, especially if the toe is infected or at risk of becoming infected.
The Concierge Podiatry Advantage
Ingrown toenails are a common patient issue that we treat with three levels of care:
- For the simplest cases, a medical pedicure may correct the issue.
- For more involved cases, we offer a series of US-exclusive European nail-bracing options depending on the severity of the issue including: PodoStripe, PodoFix, and for the most severe cases, 3TO Plus.
- Surgical treatment options are available if other solutions do not fully resolve the issue.
At Concierge Podiatry we specialize in treating all podiatric issues. We take the time needed to diagnose and explain any treatment options before beginning any course of treatment.
- Contact Concierge Podiatry for an appointment
- Learn more about treatment options often used to treat this issue