Ingrown Toenails

What Are Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of your toenail grow into the skin. You may notice pain, swelling, redness and infection. The pain from an ingrown toenail can make wearing shoes, walking or standing very painful. If left untreated, the throbbing pain will increase and a deeper infection may develop that spreads to the bone under the nail, resulting in serious complications. 

What Causes Ingrown Toenails 

Wearing shoes that crowd your toes, nail injuries, not trimming toenails straight across or cutting your toenails too short toes can lead to ingrown toenails. People with diabetes often experience more serious complications due to diabetic nerve damage and poor circulation in their feet.

How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated

The podiatrists at Salem foot Care will examine your foot to diagnose your ingrown toenail. They may prescribe Topical or oral antibiotics may be prescribed if the area is infected. They may also perform a minor procedure to treat the affected area, based on the examination.  

For slightly ingrown toenails with redness and pain, but no pus, the podiatrist will gently lift the edge of the ingrown nail and place cotton or a splint under it. This process will allow the nail to grow above the edge of the skin, separating the toenail and the skin. You will soak the toe and replace the cotton or splint every day during recovery.

For more severe ingrown toenail with redness, pain and pus, the doctor may need to remove the ingrown portion of your toenail.

For chronic ingrown toenails on the same toe, the podiatrist may remove a portion of the nail and nail bed with a laser, chemicals or other method to help prevent recurrence.

Ingrown toenails can be very painful, so schedule an examination with Salem Foot Care for a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Call us at 336-667-2015 to schedule an appointment today.

Salem Foot Care

1505 River Street
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Phone: 336-667-2015
Fax: 336-667-3247
Billing: 336-766-8985