Ingrown toenails making your life miserable? Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Commerce Township, and Royal Oak, MI has the knowledge, tools, and caring hands to help you find relief.
Basics of Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail can be a very painful thing to deal with. You might face pain every time you try to walk or stand. Toenails become ingrown when the corner of your nail grows into your skin, which often happens if you cut your toenails in a rounded shape instead of straight across. Those with diabetes, blood circulation issues, nerve damage, or who participate in sports also experience ingrown toenails pretty often.
What Do I Do If I Have an Ingrown Toenail?
If you notice an ingrown toenail, don’t ignore it. They are not necessarily dangerous, but they can lead to infections and other issues. Therefore, it’s important to address it as soon as you can.
There are a few steps you can take at home to help relieve your discomfort.
- First, get some Epsom salt and soak your feet in warm water and the salt twice a day. Be sure to dry them thoroughly after you’re finished soaking them.
- Apply some antibiotic cream to the impacted area each day. If you need to put your feet inside closed-toe shoes, put a bandage over the cream.
- Be sure that your shoes fit properly. If you wear shoes that are too tight, they can both cause ingrown toenails and worsen any you currently have.
If you’re not getting any relief or your toe is infected, it’s time to schedule a visit to Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Commerce Township, and Royal Oak, MI. They can provide you with antibiotic treatments to address any infection.
They can also provide you with a splint to keep beneath your nail. Wearing this splint can help it grow as it’s supposed to.
With severe infections, you might need toenail surgery. It’s a simple procedure that can be done in-office.
If you’re dealing with ingrown toenails, let the specialists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Commerce Township, and Royal Oak, MI help. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office in Livonia at (734) 261-3400, in Royal Oak at (248) 549-3338, and in Saginaw at (989) 475-5234.