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The Treatment of Ingrown Toenails

Painful  ingrown  toenails  can be agonizing with or without shoes on.  Dr. Randy H. Bernstein, a podiatrist who treats ingrown toenails in Livonia, MI, at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care, shares information and treatment options.
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail develops when the corners of the nail  grow into the surrounding skin.  This problem causes pain, inflammation,  andIngrown Toenail swelling in the nail folds, and, if left unattended, can result  in an infection. 
What causes Ingrown Toenails?
There  are many causes of ingrown toenails. This includes: excessive pressure to the outside of the nails pushing  the edges into the skin  such as when a shoe is too tight. Also, a fungus infection could make the nail thicker  and cause the nail borders to bend into the tissue.  Also, improper cutting of the nail can also create sharp edges which can dig into the nail folds as the nail grows out, as well as trauma can force the nail into the skin causing pain and infection.
How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Treated?
Treatment  Involves freeing  the ingrown toenail from the skin. It sometimes helps  to soften the skin slightly around the nail  by soaking your foot in warm water and Epson salts or antibacterial liquid soap for 15 minutes.  After the soak, attempt to trim the nail straight across. If that does not alleviate the discomfort, gently attempt to remove  the curving corner  of the nail  away from the skin.  Follow  this with the application of an antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid  changed daily for a few days. If the pain and redness does not go away, call your local podiatrist. If you are a diabetic, do not attempt to do  the treatment yourself. 
What if Home Treatment Doesn't Work?
If  home treatment doesn't work, or your toenail is infected,  see your Livonia  foot doctor as soon as possible. If  he cannot free the edge of the nail,  he will remove the section of the nail  during a short surgical procedure.  During the nail surgery, the damaged growth area of the nail can be destroyed which will prevent the ingrown toenail from returning. The procedure is fast, easy, and practically painless,  and will provide  many years of pain-free  ambulation  with  shoes on. Dr. Bernstein has performed  over 20,000 of these procedures and easily has the most experience in the Metro Detroit area in the  permanent correction of ingrown toenails.
Stop  suffering from painful, infected ingrown toenails, and call Dr. Bernstein of Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care in Livonia at 734-261-3400.

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