Don’t Suffer the Pain: Relieve It with In-Office Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know how painful the condition can be. With an ingrown toenail, the tips of your toes may be red and swollen. While the internet has lots of suggestions about how to treat ingrown toenails with home remedies, this is a condition that should really be taken care of by a doctor.

In this blog, Kerry E. Berg, DPM, of Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates discusses what can cause ingrown toenails and why you should have them treated professionally.

Causes of ingrown toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of your toenail begins to grow into the surrounding skin of your toe. Some common causes leading to ingrown toenails include the following:

Both men and women are equally likely to experience ingrown toenails. For unknown reasons, the big toe is the toe most likely to have an ingrown nail.

Signs of a possible infection

Ingrown toenails can very easily cause serious infections. You should call Dr. Berg right away if you see any of the following signs:

Not only can proper medical treatment prevent your toe from getting worse, but it can also help you identify what caused it. Dr. Berg will be able to tell if your ingrown toenail was caused by improper trimming techniques, a fungal infection, or another reason.

Treating an ingrown toenail

Treating an ingrown toenail is usually a simple and quick procedure that Dr. Berg can perform in her office. First, Dr. Berg numbs your toe with a local anesthetic. Then, she removes part or all of your toenail, depending on how deep the infection goes. In some cases, she may give you a prescription for antibiotics. 

Unfortunately, people who experience an ingrown toenail once have an increased risk of it happening again. To try to prevent future ingrown toenails, be sure to trim your toenails correctly, which is straight across. If you’re unsure how to do it, Dr. Berg can show you how. You should also wear comfortable shoes that don’t pinch your toes. Furthermore, you should regularly soak your feet and thoroughly dry them. And, if you’re diabetic, you should regularly examine your feet for any changes.

If you have an ingrown toenail, you don’t need to live with the pain. Dr. Berg can treat it and give you guidance on avoiding them in the future. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Intermountain Foot & Ankle Associates today.

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