What’s an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail happens when either the sides of your toenail start to curl around and grow into your skin or the skin grows over the edge of your toenail. Ingrown toenails are most likely to affect the big toe and become a recurring problem.
As the ingrown toenail grows into the skin around the nail, the skin becomes red, swollen, and tender. Eventually, the skin along the edge of the nail may become infected.
What causes ingrown toenails?
Any of the following factors may increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail:
Not cutting your toenails properly
Wearing tight shoes
Injuries to the foot
When should I see a doctor for an ingrown toenail?
You should make an appointment with your podiatrist if any of the following situations apply to you:
Treating your toenail at home doesn’t clear it up after three days to a week
Signs of an infection (pus, inflammation, and pain)
Ingrown toenails become a recurring problem
Diabetes, nerve problems, or poor circulation accompany the pain
If your toe is infected and you develop an accompanying fever, you need to see a podiatrist right away or go to nearest emergency department.
How do you treat ingrown toenails?
If your toe is infected, your podiatrist may prescribe an oral antibiotic along with an accompanying treatment. They might also surgically remove part or all of your toenail with one of the following surgical procedures:
Partial nail avulsion: removes part of the ingrown toenail, while leaving the nail bed intact
Complete nail plate avulsion: removes the entire ingrown toenail, while leaving the nail bed intact
Partial matrixectomy: removes the nail and part of the nail root on the ingrown side
Matrixectomy: permanently removes the entire toenail and nail root
If a painful ingrown toenail plagues you, contact West Morris Foot and Ankle for an appointment to discuss your treatment options online or over the phone.
Are You Looking for Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Roxbury, NJ?
If you are looking for ingrown toenail treatment, you should reach out to a well trained podiatrist. Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact us online or at our office at (973) 370-3759.
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Wednesday: 9AM - 6PM
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Friday: 9AM - 4PM
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM
151 State Route 10, Suite 102
Succasunna, NJ 07869