Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!
The Causes and Symptoms
Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…
Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:
- Cutting the toenail too short
- Rounding the toenail during grooming
- Wearing improperly fitting shoes
- Experiencing toe trauma
If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:
- Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
- Regular bleeding
- The presence of a pus-filled blister
- The skin has started growing over the nail
As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:
- Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
- Avoid snug or constraining shoes.
If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.
In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
- Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.
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If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!
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Wounds on the feet and ankles can be disastrous for diabetics. This is because diabetes can affect your skin, your sensation and your circulation. When these three components aren’t functioning properly wounds can turn south quickly.
For example, say that you stepped on a tack while walking barefoot at home. Most people would immediately know that they just stepped on something sharp. Some diabetics though have peripheral neuropathy which means they can have numbness in their feet. These patients wouldn’t know that they stepped on anything. This patient also has poor circulation so now that little puncture site isn’t going to heal quickly. This patient goes about their day and week not knowing that any issues are developing because they don’t look at the bottom of their feet. Eventually, that little hole gets deeper and deeper and infection develops. The patient now knows something is going wrong because of either a foul odor, they see drainage on their sock, or they feel sick from the infection. This is usually when they report to their primary care doctor, ER, urgent care or their Podiatrist. If the infection in the foot is bad enough, it can spread through the blood stream and cause blood infection, organ failure and even death. Heavy IV antibiotics are administered, and surgery is performed to excise the dead, infected tissue and bone. This is why it is so important to make sure you are performing your daily foot checks at home, never walking barefoot and keeping tight control of your blood sugars.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers have seen and treated these types of wounds and it’s our goal is to prevent these from ever occurring.
If you have questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition. Please call us at 972-542-2155.
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An ingrown toenail is a common problem involving a toenail growing sideways into the flesh of the toe, It can be very painful, however, there are things that you can do to ease the pain. Led by Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd, and Dr. Witt, Advanced Foot and Ankle Center (offices in Prosper, TX, and McKinney, TX) offers a complete range of podiatric services to help your feet feel better. Don't take another painful step—here's how our podiatrists can help you with your ingrown toenails!
1. Antibiotics. In some cases, an ingrown toenail breaks through the skin and allows bacteria to enter the surrounding tissues next to the nail. Your podiatrist may recommend using oral or topical antibiotics in these cases.
2. Lifting the nail. Your podiatrist may lift the corner of the ingrown toenail by placing a cotton wedge, splint, or waxed dental floss under it. This separates the nail from the skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. At home, you will need to replace the material every day.
3. Partial nail removal. For a severe ingrown toenail, your podiatrist may trim or remove the ingrown part of the nail. Before the procedure, your doctor will numb your toe by injecting it with local anesthesia. The procedure helps to prevent the ingrown nail from returning.
4. Complete nail removal. If you have chronic pain or the infection returns, your doctor may recommend more surgery. Complete removal of the toenail is a simple procedure, and like partial removal, the toe will be numbed with local anesthesia. Your podiatrist will then use a laser, chemical, or other method to remove the nail.
Live your life without pain! Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at (972) 542-2155 today to schedule a consultation in McKinney or Prosper, TX. Our ingrown toenail treatments will eliminate your pain and help you reclaim your active life!
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