An ingrown toenail can be painful, cause swelling, and lead to infection. The expert doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia provide prompt and specialized care for painful foot conditions like ingrown toenails. Call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about permanent procedures for chronically ingrown toenails today.
An ingrown toenail occurs when your toenail grows into the skin of your toe. This painful condition usually affects the big toe, but it can affect any toe on your foot.
You can experience an ingrown toenail for several reasons, including:
Most often, ingrown toenails are caused by improper trimming of the nail.
The best way to avoid ingrown toenails is to protect your feet from injury, wear shoes with enough toe space, and trim your toenails straight across (not tapered around the edges).
When your toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, it becomes painful. Additional symptoms include swelling and redness along the corner or side of the nail. As infection sets in, redness occurs, and you might see small amounts of pus in the area.
As soon as you notice that your nail is growing into the skin, you should start treatment. Home care can often correct the issue and eliminate the need for additional treatment.
Home care treatment includes:
If your symptoms haven’t improved within a few days, the doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC can provide additional treatment options. Appointments are usually available within 48 hours.
When excessive pain, swelling, and inflammation is present, your doctor might recommend several treatment options. During your appointment, they will review your condition and discuss strategies to reduce your pain and discomfort.
Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, or if you have recurring infections from ingrown toenails, your doctor might recommend an in-office procedure to remove the ingrown portion of the nail permanently.
To find a permanent solution for your ingrown toenails, call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online today.