You Can't Always Treat An Ingrown Toenail Yourself
September 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ingrown toenail  

Everyone is at risk of developing an ingrown toenail from time to time. And as anyone who has ever suffered from one can attest, the ingrown toenailpain and discomfort can be excruciating, making it difficult to walk properly and even wear certain types of shoes in some cases. In addition to the physical pain, ingrown toenails are also susceptible to infection, especially for patients suffering from diabetes.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in McKinney and Prosper, TX

Ingrown toenails are one of the most common podiatry problems, and can usually be treated at home with over the counter treatments like pain relievers, antiseptic and warm food baths. But in some cases, they can become infected and require treatment by a podiatrist. People with diabetes are more susceptible to a complication known as diabetic neuropathy, which causes circulatory problems and can lead to tingling, weakness and loss of feeling in the feet, which increases the risk of potentially serious complications from common foot problems like cuts, blisters and ingrown toenails.

The podiatrists at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX advise all diabetic patients to schedule regular podiatry appointments for basic foot care and prevention. Non-diabetic patients exhibiting signs of infection should schedule an appointment for treatment.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain or "digging" into the skin on the border of the toenail
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Redness
  • Warmth

Discharge and a foul odor are signs of infection.

Find a Podiatrist in McKinney or Prosper, TX

In addition to being painful and uncomfortable, ingrown toenails can pose a risk for infection and health complications for some people. If you are showing signs of infection, contact the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center by calling (972) 542-2155 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in McKinney, TX, or (972) 542-2155 for an appointment in Prosper, TX.