Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are a common and painful complaint. A true ingrown toenail is when a spike or edge of nail pierces the skin at the nail edge. This is known as the sulcus and can cause inflammation and even lead to infection.
There are a variety of factors that can cause ingrown toenails. The most common cause is due to improper cutting of your toenail and leaving a spike of nail in the sulcus. It can also be a result of a curved nail, known as an involuted nail, from external pressure.
If you are experiencing pain, redness, and swelling around your toenail, it may be time to consider seeing one of our podiatrists. With over 30 years of combined experience in treating foot and ankle conditions, we have successfully treated many cases of ingrown toenails.
One of the options for treating ingrown toenails is surgical intervention. During this procedure, the podiatrist numbs the toe and removes the affected portion of the nail. This is usually a quick and straightforward procedure that can be done in-clinic. Afterward, you may experience some discomfort and may need to keep your foot elevated for a few days. However, these symptoms are usually short-lasting and, as they subside, you should be able to return to your normal activities.
Other treatments for ingrown toenails include topical antibiotics, warm soaks, and changing your footwear. Sometimes these options may not be effective at treating more severe cases and/or may only provide temporary relief by not addressing the underlying issue. That is why we recommend seeing one of our podiatrists for an opinion. They will discuss different treatment options with you and help you choose the right option for you.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to an ingrown toenail, contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healthy, pain-free feet.