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, and
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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