Let’s be honest – on an average day, most of us don’t usually think too much about our toes. But an ingrown toenail can quickly serve as a painful reminder that they’re down there.
Indeed, this more-than-inconvenient problem can keep you from wearing your favorite pair of shoes and even participating in your sports of choice. There is good news, however: you can easily do something about it!
Most ingrown toenails are relatively simple to care for with a foot soak at home, and usually don’t require much in the way of outside intervention. Though you should keep in mind that, in more severe cases, at-home treatment is likely not going to do the trick. So addressing symptoms at their early stages is important if you want a better and easier recovery.
But, regardless of how bad your ingrown toenail has become, our team of experts at Carmel Foot Specialists is here to help you get rid of the problem. We offer a wide range of treatment options, from topical and oral medications to complete removal of the toenail and even advanced treatment methods, like laser therapy.
What Are Ingrown Toenails and Why Do They Happen?
Ingrown toenails typically develop on the big toes and are caused by pressure that pushes the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin.
Here are some things that may be causing your toenail(s) to become ingrown:
- Improper nail trimming
- Trauma to the foot
- Fungal infections
- Foot deformities
- Ill-fitting shoes
Aside from making your toes look less-than-attractive, this condition can cause pain, redness, inflammation, swelling and even infection. Though these symptoms may sometimes go away on their own, easy steps like warm foot soaks, elevation of the foot, and taking anti-inflammatory medications may help with healing and reducing pain.
On the other hand, ingrown toenails that are chronic will most likely be persistent or get worse. And if that is the case for you, then your best option is to come visit our office for further evaluation and treatment.
When Should You Come Visit Our Office About Your Ingrown Toenail?
Now, you may still be wondering whether you should seek professional treatment for your toenail, and we already have mentioned this to be a good idea if your condition becomes chronic. However, you should also keep some other factors in mind, including:
- Signs of infection. These can include redness that is radiating and spreading away from the toe, discharge of pus (or a buildup beneath the nail), or severe pain.
- Intense pain. Even if it is not due to an infection, an ingrown nail that is giving you a lot of pain is best treated with expert care.
- When diabetes is a factor, the risks of even small cuts or scrapes on the feet turning into big problems will drastically increase. At the very least, you should give us a call and let us know what’s going on.
- Reoccurring symptoms. If your ingrown toenails are easily treated, there is still an underlying problem if you are consistently suffering from them.
If you are unsure about your symptoms or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. After all, that is what we are here for! We can answer your questions and concerns, and help you determine if you should come in to our office for further treatment.
What Treatments Do We Offer for Ingrown Toenails?
When at-home treatments just don’t seem to be doing the trick, we can help you get rid of your ingrown toenail here at our Carmel Foot Specialists office.
Below are some of the options we provide:
- Careful lifting of the nail to allow extra relief and faster healing.
- Partial removal of the nail with a local anesthetic.
- Removing a portion of the nail bed so that the ingrown edge cannot grow back.
These treatment methods may be combined with simple changes in footwear – especially if your condition is persistent. But no matter what the root of the problem is, we will get to the bottom of it.
You Can Find Expert Foot Care at Carmel Foot Specialists
Though, we certainly hope that your ingrown toenail will respond to at-home remedies, if it becomes a pestering situation, you should come visit us today! To schedule an appointment, just call the office most convenient to your location:
- Myers Park: (704) 334-8682
- South Charlotte: (704) 542-8253
Or, simply fill out our request form online to have one of our trained staff members reach out to you.