Ingrown toenails can be a real pain. Find out how to find the relief you need.
Anyone who has had an ingrown toenail knows how uncomfortable and annoying they can be. Sometimes this problem can become so bad that it actually affects your ability to walk or even complete your day-to-day activities. From the office of your Chandler podiatrists Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Krahn, find out the most effective ways to target and eliminate your ingrown toenails.
What is an ingrown toenail?
This painful foot problem happens when the nails curl into the skin at the side of the nail. This can also cause the skin to become inflamed. If the inflamed area isn’t treated it can start to develop extra tissue or fluid may drain from the affected skin.
Why does it need to be treated?
An ingrown toenail should never be ignored. Whether you try at-home measures first or decide to see your foot doctor in Chandler for treatment it’s important that you treat your condition as soon as possible to prevent infection or the development of an abscess. It’s extremely important that people with diabetes or issues with circulation seek medical attention right away to prevent complications.
What are my treatment options?
If the ingrown toenail is caught during its earlier stages it can often be treated with warm soaks, wearing roomy, well-fitted shoes that give your toes room to move and also cleaning the nail to prevent infection.
Sometimes your podiatrist in Chandler will recommend wearing a splint to protect the skin near the corner of the nail. When an ingrown toenail is more severe a portion of the nail may need to be removed, but don’t worry; a local anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you don’t feel a thing.
An ingrown toenail can be painful and make wearing shoes unbearable. Don’t let this problem affect your lifestyle. Let the foot care experts at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC provide you with the proper care your feet deserve.