An ingrown toenail is also known as onychocryptosis; in the presence of infection it is a paronychia.
An ingrown toenail involves the corner of the nail growing into the skin and the toe subsequently becomes painful, red, and swollen. There is sometimes bleeding or pus due to infection. Many times, patients attempt “bathroom surgery” and try to remove the nail themselves but this can sometimes lead to further complications. The infection can be localized to the skin but if left untreated the infection can get into the bone which is a serious issue.
There are different reasons that cause ingrown toenails; however, the main one is trimming nails too short or into the corners. When the nail is too short, it digs into the skin fold as it grows and can puncture the skin. Tight-fitting shoes, especially a narrow toe box and heels, can pressure the nail’s curvature.
Trauma to the toenail can change the way the nail grows and lead to ingrowing. Nail diseases such as fungus can also be a cause.
Treatment of ingrown toenails involves removing the offending portion of the nail and eliminating infection if present.
At Foot Healthcare Associates, our physicians offer various comfortable procedures. Based on the stage or severity of your condition, we will select the appropriate treatment plan. We also provide light sedation in an operating room setting for those patients who prefer to be asleep for the procedure.
Preventing the ingrown toenail and subsequent infection in the first place is ideal.
Ingrown Nail Prevention Tips:
- Trimming nails straight across
- Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toebox
- Utilizing sterilized tools to treat
- Always practicing proper foot hygiene
We are here for you at Foot Healthcare Associates to help you with your ingrown nail issues or any other foot and ankle issues you may have! Call us today at 248-258-0001