Preventing Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail can be very painful and it can be torture just to put on your shoe. The pain is located around the sides of the nail, and the adjacent tissue and skin will be tender. The area will look swollen and red.

Most often, this painful condition occurs when the toenail is not trimmed properly and your shoes are too tight and narrow. Cutting the toenail too short or rounding at the corners can cause an ingrown nail because the nail may grow into the flesh of the toe. Trauma also, for example dropping a heavy object on the toes, can also cause an ingrown toenail.

If you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail because it is painful, but even more importantly because you see signs of infection such as oozing, bleeding or swelling, call Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute right away for an evaluation.

Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

For complete healing we will remove the portion of the nail that has grown into the toe with simple surgery right in the office. We will apply a medication to the nail root to prevent that portion from growing back. Oral medicine can clear up any infection.

You'll be able to wear shoes and get back to your normal routine almost right away. 

Prevent Ingrown Toenails Before They Get Started

  • Check your feet and toes every day to observe any painful or unusual-looking areas.
  • Wear shoes that fit well with plenty of toe wiggle-room in the toe box. Avoid excessive pressure on the nails with shoes that are too narrow or tight.
  • If you trim your nails yourself, be sure to cut them straight across - never round the corners.
  • Wear protective footwear if necessary based on your work duties.

If you have diabetes, you must always take extra special care of your feet and toes. Contact us right away if you notice any problem or damage to skin, tissue or nails. Even a relatively small problem like an ingrown toenail can escalate into a serious problem. 

We would be happy to trim your toenails for you if you have difficulty with this task - just let us know!

Don't Suffer from the Pain and Discomfort of an Ingrown Toenail

Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat all kinds of foot and ankle problems including ingrown toenails. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Your ingrown toenail will not heal on its own - call us today to take care of this painful problem.