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Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

Resolve the issue with your ingrown toenail by consulting with Dr. Randy Semma, Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma, and Dr. Stacey Stefansky of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care which has locations in Livonia, Commerce Township, Royal Oak, MI.

The Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Have you ever had an ingrown toenail before? It’s not a pleasant feeling.

Your toenail digging into your skin can be very painful. If the ingrown toenail opens up a cut on your skin, an infection may develop soon after that.

So, how does an ingrown toenail develop? Well, one possible explanation is that you recently injured your toe. Stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it can cause the nail to grow improperly.

Ingrown toenails may also emerge as a result of your clipping habits. Those who do not clip their toenails properly are more likely to suffer from improper growth. Take the time to study proper nail clipping techniques to avoid that problem.

You may also develop ingrown toenails due to your choice of footwear. Shoes that squeeze your feet too tightly can damage your toenails. Unless you want to deal with ingrown toenails, you should get shoes that fit you better.

Regardless of why you have an ingrown toenail, you can visit the Livonia, Commerce Township, or Royal Oak, MI locations of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care to seek help from Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertelle-Semma, or Dr. Stefansky.

Potential Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

Do not attempt to clip an ingrown toenail by yourself. Clip it incorrectly and you could make the problem worse instead of fixing it.

Instead of clipping your ingrown toenail, you should find time to soak it in some warm water. Soak the foot with the ingrown toenail at least twice per day to address the problem.

If that doesn’t work, you can go to a podiatrist and seek professional assistance.

To treat your ingrown toenail, your podiatrist may lift it and rest it on a bed of cotton. Repositioning the ingrown toenail that way allows it to grow normally again. After a while, the nail should cover your toe without causing discomfort.

In extreme cases, a podiatrist may recommend removing the ingrown toenail. They may recommend partial or complete removal depending on the severity of the issue. Removing the toenail is only really used as a last resort because it may cause you to lose that toenail permanently. Once the procedure is done, there may be no new toenail that replaces your old one.

Livonia, Commerce Township, and Royal Oak, MI residents can address their ingrown toenail issues by calling (734) 261-3400, (248) 549-3338, or (989) 475-5234 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Semma, Dr. Bertelle-Semma, or Dr. Stefansky of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care.

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Our Regular Schedule

Livonia Podiatry Office


7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday:

9:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:30 am - 12:00 pm


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Royal Oak Podiatry Office

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Sunday:



9:00 am - 1:00 pm


8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saginaw Bay Podiatry Office


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:



8:00 am - 12:00 pm


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