Pain, redness, and swelling from an ingrown toenail are frustrating and sometimes debilitating symptoms. At Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic in Westminster, Colorado, Katherine Parodi, DPM, and Jacob Stuart, DPM, provide exceptional care for ingrown toenails, so you avoid persistent pain. Call today to set up your appointment or use this website to schedule online.
An ingrown toenail describes when the side of your nail grows into soft tissue. You’ll notice redness, swelling, and sensitivity at the site of an ingrown toenail.
Ingrown toenails can also become infected, causing more pain and possible complications. If you have diabetes, you’re at particular risk of complications associated with ingrown toenails.
Most ingrown toenails happen at the big toe. Symptoms include swelling and tenderness to the touch in the flesh right around the nail. If the ingrown toenail progresses to an infection, pain increases, and you’ll notice pus.
Oftentimes, the way you cut your toenails causes the ingrown nail. Nails too short or rounded at the corners are more likely to become ingrown.
If you wear shoes that are tight in the toes, you may develop ingrown toenails. Some people have naturally curved toenails, which are a risk factor for the condition.
Prevent ingrown toenails with some simple at-home foot care. Steps to take to avoid ingrown nails include:
If you do develop an ingrown toenail despite these precautions, reach out to the team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic for support. This is especially important if you have diabetes. It’s best not to try and treat an infected ingrown toenail on your own.
You may benefit from at-home care measures that can help in mild cases of an ingrown toenail. Soak the affected foot in warm water, take over-the-counter pain medications, and wear roomy shoes.
If you suspect you have an infection, come to the office to get confirmation and antibiotics. Diabetics get proper wound care for the ingrown toenail to prevent possible complications that include the spread of an infection and possible amputation.
Call Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Care to get expert care for ingrown toenails. Alternatively, use this website to reach out and book an appointment online.