Taking proper care of your feet is of the utmost importance. There are a lot of things we can not control when it comes to our bodies, but it is important that when we notice something, to take a deeper look into the reason and/or cause. An ingrown toenail is a condition where the edge of your toenail grows into the skin next to it. The most common cause is when nails are trimmed too short. At Beyond Podiatry, we specialize in the health and wellness of your feet and provide ingrown toenail surgery to address this issue if it is causing you discomfort. Contact our office for more information today.
How Do Ingrown Toenails Develop
An ingrown toenail is one of the most common sources of foot pain. Although it’s usually just a nuisance, it can be a serious problem for anyone with diabetes or circulatory difficulties. This problem develops when the side of the nail digs into the skin. This can lead to pain, irritation, swelling, and redness. The big toe is most often affected, although no toe is immune. The problem usually develops because the nails have not been trimmed properly. Overly tight shoes may also be a factor. Some people have an inherited tendency to develop the problem.
How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails
The easiest way to prevent an ingrown toenail is to cut your nails straight across, rather than rounding off the corners the same as you would with your fingernails. Use a toenail clipper, which is wider and larger than a fingernail clipper, or, if you use scissors, cut the nail in several short movements. Wear shoes that provide enough room at the toes, and wear stockings or socks that allow your toes to move freely. Lastly, it helps to clean under your nails regularly.
How To Treat Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenail surgery begins by thoroughly numbing your toe. Your podiatrist can then trim away the part of your toenail that’s ingrown, or remove the entire nail if needed. If your podiatrist sees you have an infection, they will recommend you take antibiotics to help you heal. While ingrown toenails are a common nuisance, if you are prone to develop them constantly, your practitioner could suggest removing your nail completely. The Beyond Podiatry team treats your underlying nail bed with a chemical solution or medical laser to stop the nail from growing back. This permanent solution is typically a last resort for chronic ingrown toenail sufferers.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery in Michigan, Illinois, & Kentucky
An ingrown toenail may seem minor, but that doesn’t mean you should treat it on your own or ignore it. Since it can lead to a serious infection, our attentive podiatry team at Beyond Podiatry can treat you right away. To get in touch, book your appointment at your closest location by using the online scheduler or by phone.