Ingrown toenails are nails whose corners or sides dig into the skin of the toe, which frequently causes infection and quite a lot of pain. If you have an ingrown toenail, you may experience redness, swelling, warmth and pain at the site of the ingrown nail.
Ingrown toenails often develop due to:
- Improperly trimming the nails
- Pressure from footwear
- A fungal infection
- Poor foot structure
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, you can try clipping the nail edge back and putting some antibiotic cream and a bandaid on the area. You can also try soaking the toe in Epsom salts. However, if the toenail is causing you pain or seems to be infected, or if there is redness or drainage present, you should see a podiatrist for proper treatment. You should also seek medical attention if ingrown nails are a recurring problem for you. Note: Home treatments are not recommended for diabetic patients. Diabetic patients suffering from ingrown toenails should contact Neuhaus Foot and Ankle at 615-220-8788.
To help prevent ingrown toenails from occurring, trim your nails using nail clippers and and clip them straight across, slightly longer than the tip of the toe.
If your toe becomes very painful or appears to be infected, contact the Neuhaus Foot and Ankle office. One of our podiatrists will examine the nail and decide on the best treatment option for your case. In most cases, just the ingrown part of the nail can be removed, but if you experience ingrown nails often, your podiatrist may want to discuss further treatment options with you that will offer a more permanent solution. Nail avulsion procedures are over 98% effective. Here is a post op photo taken after a nail avulsion procedure:
The above photograph was taken two weeks after the nail was removed, and the patient is recovering well and without recurrence. However, there is that small chance there can still be a recurrence even after the removal of a nail. The photo below is a good example of what a recurrence looks like after a nail has been removed. Note the regrowth of the nail.
If you have experienced a complication due to nail surgery, you can contact Neuhaus Foot and Ankle at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906.