An ingrown toenail is an extremely painful condition that can worsen if infected. At Mercer Ocean Podiatry in Hamilton Township, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, New Jersey, Frank Killian, DPM, FACFAS, Sameep Chandrani, DPM, AACFAS, and the team perform a combination of techniques to painlessly treat your ingrown toenail. If you have ingrown toenails, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Ingrown toenails develop when the edge of your toenail begins growing into the skin that surrounds it. While ingrown toenails can occur in any of your toenails, they’re most common in the big toe, where nail growth is most obvious.
Ingrown toenails are painful and uncomfortable at first. Over time, however, they can dig into your skin to the point that your skin actually starts growing over the nail. This makes many ingrown toenails difficult to treat on your own.
You can typically tell you have an ingrown toenail if the skin surrounding your nail is tender, red, or inflamed. Other signs of ingrown toenails include:
If you notice that the skin surrounding your toenail oozes pus, you may have an infection that requires immediate treatment.
People who sweat profusely are most likely to get ingrown toenails. That’s why they’re common in teenagers. However, because your toenails naturally thicken with age, they’re also very common in older adults.
Many people get ingrown toenails from cutting their toenails too short or cutting them straight across, which causes sharp edges that can dig into your skin.
An ingrown toenail is more likely to develop if you have poor posture, irregularly shaped toenails, or if you wear very narrow shoes. Some people are genetically predisposed to ingrown toenails.
The earlier you treat an ingrown toenail, the better. At-home treatments such as a warm foot soak can help relieve your pain. If your condition is mild, you may be able to gently pull the skin away from your nail to prevent an infection.
Once an ingrown toenail becomes infected, you need a trained professional to both treat the toenail and eliminate the infection before it spreads.
The board-certified podiatrists and ankle surgeons at Mercer Ocean Podiatry perform a slant black procedure to treat ingrown toenails without anesthesia. More severe cases may require a local injection of anesthesia to numb the toe. The team uses a cold spray technique to separate the affected part of the nail from your toe.
If you have an infected toenail, you may need antibiotics to eliminate the infection and prevent it from growing and spreading.
For expert treatment for your ingrown toenails, call Mercer Ocean Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.