Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Do you have a painful ingrown toenail?

ingrown-toenailMost of us have had an in grown toenail at one time or another and most of the time it’s just a nuisance we bear and wait for it to correct itself. After awhile though, it can become really painful and we’re forced to take care of it. Usually, we can do this using an at home treatment recommended by a podiatrist or health provider; however, ingrown toenail treatment isn’t always that simple. Sometimes it requires a more in depth process. One of the services we offer at Adler Footcare is ingrown toenail surgery.

If left untreated, an in grown toenail may become infected. If your toenail becomes red and sore you should seek treatment right away to prevent the problem from getting worse. Ingrown toenail treatment options may include:

  • Soaking your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day
  • Avoiding shoes and socks that are too tight
  • Antibiotics if the in grown toenail is infected
  • Surgical removal in some cases

Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Ingrown toenail surgery, formally known as partial nail plate avulsion, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting the toe with an anesthetic and cutting out the ingrown part of the toenail. It’s a common type of ingrown toenail treatment and works by cutting the edges of the toenail to make it narrower, giving the nail a straight edge to make it less likely to dig in the surrounding skin as it grows out. In very extreme cases, ingrown toenail surgery may be used to remove the entire nail.

If you’re looking for a place to treat your in grown toenail, then Adler Footcare can help.

The best way to prepare for your consultation is to be ready to answer questions. The podiatrists at Adler Footcare will ask a variety of questions to make sure you’re getting the right kind of ingrown toenail treatment. They will also educate you along the way.

What causes an in grown toenail?

An in grown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the corners of the big toe and painfully digs into the sides of the skin. An in grown toenail can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Improper nail trimming
  • Shoe pressure
  • Injury
  • Fungus infection
  • Heredity
  • Poor foot structure

How can I prevent an in grown toenail?

The best way to prevent an in grown toenail and avoid ingrown toenail surgery is by:

  • Trimming toenails straight across with no rounded corners
  • Making sure your shoes and socks are not too tight
  • Keeping your feet clean at all times

If you would like to find out more about ingrown toenail treatment, Contact Us at Adler Footcare today.