There are two typical situations when podiatrists treat ingrown toenails: 1) when you have a condition like diabetes, a compromised immune system, or poor blood flow that slows down healing, and 2) when you have tried self-care measures at home but the problem persists or keeps returning.
Medical care often involves some level of minor surgery, depending on your situation. We may try a temporary removal of the corner of the nail or the edge that is ingrown, or remove a whole section of the nail. For a severe and recurring problem, we may destroy the root (matrix) as well, which means that part of the nail will not grow out again.
This is an outpatient procedure done with local anesthetic. The next day we remove the dressing, and you will clean it, apply an antibiotic cream, and cover it with a small bandage every day for a couple of weeks. It is best to wear open toe or loose-fitting shoes during this time.
Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for expert care of your ingrown nail—or any other foot problem. Reach us in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000 or in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800, or set up your appointment online.