Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are nails whose corners or sides dig into the surrounding skin.  This leads to pain, redness, swelling and frequent infection.  The big toe is the most common location for this condition, however it can occur on any toe.   

 

What Causes an ingrown toenail?

  • Tight shoes or socks that lead to crowding of toes

  • Improperly cutting your nails 

  • Trauma to the toe or nail

  • Heredity 

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Malodor (bad smell)

  • Pus

  • Granuloma (red flesh that bleeds easily)

How can you treat your ingrown toenail at home?

  • If area is painful and does not appear infected, you can try to soak your foot in warm water with epsom salt.  You should not try to cut the ingrown nail out yourself as it usually causes the problem to become worse.

  • People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self-treatment and and should make an appointment immediately.  

When to make an appointment at Fulshear Foot and Ankle?

  • You should make an appointment to see Dr. Hurwitz or Dr. Amin if there are any signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus). 

  • If you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should seek immediate treatment at the first signs of an ingrown toenail, as it can lead to more severe complications.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

  • Dr. Amin and Dr. Hurwitz will often have to remove a portion of the ingrown nail.  If this is a chronic or recurring issue, a a procedure can be performed to permanently prevent ingrown nails.

  • Occasionally oral or topical antibiotics will be prescribed 

How can ingrown toenails be prevented?  

  • Avoid tight shoes or socks that overcrowd your toes

  • Trim your toenails straight across and do not dig into the corners of the skin.  Do not tear the edges of the nails.