Having ingrown toenails is a normal podiatric issue that we often see at our practice. They happen as the side of your toenail presses into the skin, potentially permitting germs into your bloodstream.
Causes of ingrown toenails:
Ill-fitting shoes that constrict your toes
Incorrectly trimmed toenails
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail can include infection, swelling and redness. When ignored, it can develop into a serious complication that can become more difficult to treat. Ingrown toenails are easier to prevent when you obtain proper foot care on a consistent basis. If you do not consider the significance of ingrown toenails, you may be forced to deal with them eventually.
Treatment for ingrown toenails:
Soak your injured toenail in warm water. This will help to decrease rigidity and allow you to manipulate your toenail away from your skin. This may only be a temporary solution as the toenail may still curve into your skin.
Take antibiotics to treat any underlying infection.
Undergoing surgery to remove your toenail if it continues to grow into your skin after conservative treatments.
Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, has many years of experience treating ingrown toenails. If your ingrown toenails are causing pain and infections, please contact us today for an appointment. We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We strive to provide the very best in foot care and will explore all avenues to ensure that your toenails have the best chance of overcoming any ingrown problems. Please review our Patient Education section for more helpful and informative information about ingrown toenails.