Ingrown Toenails Dig Into Your Comfort
Ingrown Toenails are a common and painful condition that can start out as a small pain but later turn into a severe condition that can prevent mobility and require surgery to remove the infected nail. If nails become infected and require proper medical treatment, our podiatrists Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry can provide comprehensive treatment. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more about this condition.
Ingrown toenails become ingrown when the side of your nail digs into the skin that is next to the nail. This is a painful process and the skin can become swollen as a result and cause pain. This can happen as a result of various issues, such as not trimming your nails properly, foot wear, socks and unusual amounts of moisture. Symptoms include severe pain, inflammation and redness surrounding the ingrown nail. Pus will also form on the nail as the infection gets worse due to the impending infection. A non-surgical form of treatment can be to dry the foot, put on an antiseptic and then to bandage the toe in a loose-fitting manner. This can be done multiple times a day. Moreover, medications can help to shrink the tissue around the edge of the nail so that it can have the opportunity to grow in properly. Special bandages can also support the area around the ingrown nail and prevent it from going inward again.
These options are very helpful, yet it may still be necessary to perform surgery and remove a portion of the nail by making the infected toe numb with anesthetic, then cutting along the edge and pulling out the problematic portion of nail. Acid may also be used on the exposed part of the nail to prevent another ingrown toenail from growing back into place. Prevention is key in treatment because reoccurrence happens frequently when not taking the appropriate measures after surgery.
Please contact our office today so that we can help put an end to the nagging pain of ingrown toenails.