What's and Ingrown toenail?
This is when the edge of nail plate cuts into the side of your toe. The nail then festers, causing pain, redness, swelling, and possibly an infection.
What causes ingrown toenails?
Most ingrown toenails are not caused by anything you did. Ingrown toenails can be hereditary, they can be cause by injury to the nail or toe, and can also be cause by poor cutting of toenail.
What is the treatments for an ingrown toenail?
Self treatment should not be attempted if you suspect an infection, have diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation. Home care may include soaking your foot in warm water and gently messaging the side of the nail. Do not perform "bathroom surgery", and avoid repeated applications of antibiotic ointments. Some antibiotic ointments may cause a localized allergic reaction if repeatedly applied.
Physician care may include Oral Antibiotics, Surgical Removal of the nail border, or Permanent Chemical Removal of the nail border. The most common treatment your podiatrists wound recommend would be a Partial Nail Avulsion. This procedure includes an anesthetic injection to "numb" the toe, just as you would get with your dentist when having a filling placed. About an 1/8 of and inch is removed from the side of the nail, and this is like removing a splinter from your skin. The toe is bandaged and instruction on care is given. Most patients' toe feels better by the next day, and infection resolve withing 3 to 5 days.
Ingrown toenails are common, and your podiatrist can help. Call and make an appointment today, get it treated, and recover quickly.