Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Ingrown toenails penetrate the skin and tissues, causing tenderness and throbbing pain. If you have an ingrown toenail, Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists in Fort Worth and Weatherford, Texas, has the answer. Their board-certified surgeons offer both conservative and surgical treatments to relieve the pain ingrown toenails can cause and resolve any infection before it becomes more serious. For expert care of your problem toenails, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.
Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) occur when the sides or corners of the toenail dig into your skin. Ingrown toenails generally affect your big toe, causing problems like:
Left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected. In addition, the skin may start to grow over your ingrown toenail. If you have a disorder that causes poor blood flow to your feet, such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD), you’re more at risk of getting complications with ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails usually develop if you trim your toenails too short, so the top of the nail is lower than the top of your toe. Cutting your toenails at the sides is particularly likely to cause ingrown toenails. This condition is almost always preventable if you cut your toenails correctly.
Other risk factors for ingrown toenails include:
Pressure on your toe from shoes that are too small and wearing tight socks can also encourage the development of ingrown toenails.
In most cases, you can treat your ingrown toenails at home by soaking your foot in warm, soapy water. Do this several times each day and avoid wearing tight socks or shoes.
If you have badly ingrown toenails that are causing more severe pain or there are any signs of infection, visit Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists. They may:
A slightly ingrown toenail that’s causing redness and pain, but where there’s no pus, might respond to lifting. Your podiatrist carefully lifts the edge of the nail that’s growing into your skin and puts a splint, cotton, or dental floss under it. This separates your ingrown toenail from the skin and helps guide the nail, so it grows over your skin rather than into it.
Removal of the ingrown segment of the nail might be necessary for a more severe ingrown toenail (where there’s redness, pain, and pus). Your podiatrist at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists numbs your toe with a local anesthetic before cutting out the ingrown portion.
If you continually have problems with the same toe, your podiatrist might suggest removing a portion of the nail and the nail bed (the underlying tissue). They may use chemical or laser matrixectomy procedures to remove the part of your toe where a new nail grows.
If you have an ingrown toenail, get fast, effective treatment by calling Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today or using the online form to book an appointment.