June 04, 2024

How Podiatrists Treat Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin, which causes pain and has a potential for infection. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can treat ingrown toenails through a variety of procedures depending on the severity. For less severe cases, a podiatrist may carefully trim the ingrown portion of the nail and instruct the patient on proper nail care techniques to prevent recurrence. If the ingrown toenail is more problematic or keeps coming back, a podiatrist might perform a partial nail avulsion. This involves numbing the toe and then removing the ingrown section of the nail. In some cases, a podiatrist may also apply a chemical called phenol to the affected nail root to prevent the problematic portion of the nail from growing back. These procedures are generally quick, done with minimal discomfort, and allow patients to return to daily activities fairly quickly. If you are suffering with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment and to prevent the ingrown toenail from returning. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the foot specialists of Marvel Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gilbert and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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