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Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, can help you!
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforates skin in the corners, or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.
Your toes may also become:
- Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail
There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes, wearing shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded toes, repeated trauma or injury to your feet, or fungus infections. Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue. If your ingrown toenail is causing an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown section.
If you are dealing with an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX for help.
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 pain 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
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.