If you’ve had ingrown toenails, you know how painful they can be. Dedicated podiatrist Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, regularly treats this common condition at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. Even though ingrown toenails are common, especially for athletes, if left untreated, they can worsen into a serious condition. To get relief, request a consultation by calling or using the online booking tool today.
An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the soft flesh surrounding your nail bed. Ultimately, this causes swelling, redness, and in some cases, an infection. Anyone can develop an ingrown toenail, but they’re more common in people who have curved or pincer-shaped nails.
You can also develop ingrown toenails for a variety of other reasons. Some common risk factors include:
You’re also more likely to suffer from ingrown toenails if you cut your nails at an angle instead of straight across.
The symptoms of ingrown toenails vary, but common telltale signs include:
If you have diabetes or another condition that affects blood flow to your feet, you may also develop open wounds or ulcers that ooze pus.
There’s no way to prevent ingrown toenails entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. For example, wearing tight shoes puts pressure on your toenails, increasing your risk of an ingrown nail. Lower your risk by investing in comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toe box.
Dr. Gonzalez also recommends keeping your toenails at a moderate length. If you trim your nails too short, the pressure from your shoes can direct a nail to grow into your skin.
Most of the time, conservative methods of care like soaking your feet in warm water or taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can provide significant relief. But if your nail becomes infected or your symptoms persist, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend a different type of treatment such as:
During this procedure, Dr. Gonzalez carefully extracts your toenail from your skin and places a splint underneath it. The splint helps your toenail grow outward and away from your skin.
Partially or fully removing the nail is an outpatient surgical procedure. Dr. Gonzalez injects a local anesthetic into your toe, numbing it completely. Then he removes a portion of your toenail and nail bed. Afterward, he writes you a prescription for antibiotics and provides you with a list of recovery instructions.
Don’t let ingrown toenails keep you from living an active lifestyle. Book your appointment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida by calling or using the online scheduling tool today.