Ingrown Toenails Dig into Your Day
Ingrown toenails can dig into your skin and into your comfort. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, can help to alleviate this condition at NOLA Sole Podiatry, located in New Orleans, LA, 504-302-1586.
Ingrown Toenails can happen to any toe but they usually happen on the big toe because it is the most prone to developing this condition. The sides of the nail dig down into the skin and produce severe pain and sensitivity in the area of the toe where it is being dug into. This causes redness and swelling. If ingrown toenails aren’t treated right away, complications can result since any little inflammation can eventually develop into an infection. The swelling caused by this condition can significantly weaken mobility as it can become very excruciating to move the toe and gets worse as the condition remains untreated. Factors leading to this condition are cutting nails unevenly, hereditary disorders or tight-fitting shoes. Improper footwear places an irregular amount of burden on the big toe which can force the nail to bend.
Treatments include soaking the feet in warm salt water while concurrently chafing the side of the infected nail. It is paramount not to cut the nail if it’s infected. Otherwise, do not cut them too short. Also, wear shoes that are not too tight or loose. Furthermore, utilize supportive and relaxed socks. When conservative measures don’t do enough to treat this condition, surgery may be required. This procedure will cut an angled nail at the corner or trim a portion of the nail down to the root if an active infection is present to first drain the nail before removing it. Also, the entire nail can be removed to ensure a proper nail grows in its place, thereby preventing the onset of another ingrown nail.
This condition tends to get worse over time because the ingrown nail digs further into the surrounding skin. We ask that you take the time to contact us if you have an ingrown toenail so that we can provide it with quality care and treatment before it gets infected.