Ingrown toenails are an uncomfortable but very common foot problem. Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma see many patients who are experiencing the discomfort of ingrown toenails at their Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care practices in Livonia, Royal Oak, and Commerce Township, MI. Fortunately, treatment for ingrown nails is typically simple and straightforward. You'll learn more as we answer some frequently-asked questions about ingrown toenails in this post.
What is an ingrown toenail?
Most commonly affecting the big toe on one or both sides, ingrowth happens when the edges of the nail begin to push into the skin that surrounds it. This breaks the skin, which leads to redness, swelling, pain, and even infection. Many of our patients at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care tell our podiatrists that their toe is very tender and hurts to place even slight pressure on it.
How do ingrown toenails happen?
When your podiatrist treats ingrown toenails, it's often because of an improper nail trimming technique. Some people have a tendency to cut their nails so they're curved like the shape of the toe, which leads to the edges growing into the skin. Trimming straight across will lessen your chances of ingrowth. Tight-fitting socks, stockings, or shoes can also cause the toenails to grow incorrectly, as can a prior injury that disrupts the normal growth of the nail. It's also been determined that ingrown toenails are hereditary.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Your Commerce Township podiatrist will start with an examination that includes a discussion with you about your symptoms. If you do have an ingrown toenail, part of the nail may be removed to stop the improper growth pattern; you may need a local anesthetic. It may also be necessary to take antibiotics if an infection is present. It is especially important for people with circulation issues, such as those with diabetes, to seek treatment for an ingrown toenail right away.
For evaluation of any foot or ankle-related issue, including ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma or Dr. Randy Semma at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care today. We have locations in Commerce Township, Livonia, and Royal Oak, MI, for your convenience.