Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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How can a podiatrist treat an ingrown toenail?
Sometimes it’s easy to shrug off certain foot and ankle problems. Having an ingrown toenail is a great example of this – you may think that the situation will resolve itself given time, or that an ingrown toenail is just not that big of a deal.
And for the most part, you’re right! Most people are able to get rid of ingrown toenails by simply letting the problem take its course. But the truth is, in other cases, a simple ingrown toenail can keep you from being active, and may even present serious health risks.
In fact, there are three typical situations when seeking the help of a podiatrists to treat ingrown toenails is an absolute must:
- When you have tried self-care measures at home, but the problem persists or keeps returning.
- When you have a condition like diabetes, a compromised immune system, or poor blood flow that slows down healing.
- If you suspect you’ve developed an infection.
Diabetic patients should always stay ahead of the game when it comes to the health of their lower limbs. Ignoring a “harmless” ingrown toenail could result in painful ulcers, infections, and even the need for amputation. So it’s imperative that any and all concerning lower limb symptoms be addressed right away in order to avoid catastrophic complications.
And the good news is getting rid of ingrown toenails and preventing them from returning doesn’t have to be hard! From changes in footwear to practicing good nail trimming habits, most conservative treatments are enough to find the relief patients need.
Though medical care often involves some level of minor surgery, this is done as an outpatient procedure and recovery is extremely comfortable – in fact, most patients usually experience relief right away!
Surgery for ingrown toenails entail a temporary removal of the corner of the nail or the edge that is ingrown, or removal of a whole section of the nail. For a severe and recurring problem, we may apply a solution to the root (matrix) to prevent the nail from growing back again. (We will administer a local anesthetic before starting, so there’s no need to worry about pain or discomfort during the procedure.)
Once we are done, we will bandage the toe and you can walk right out the door. It’s that easy!So don’t keep living with painful ingrown toenails, especially if you have diabetes. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to find the relief you need and deserve. You can reach us in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000 or in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800, or set up your appointment online.
How do I get an ingrown toenail?
You can get an ingrown toenail in many different ways. Shoes that squeeze your toes and press down on your nails can cause them to curl. Cutting your nails too short or clipping the corners may allow the tissue to grow into the skin. Dropping a heavy object on your foot or kicking something too hard can damage the nail and influence its growth. Your natural nail shape may play a role as well. Some people have curved nails that may be more prone to ingrowing.
However your nail problem developed, taking care of it promptly can help eliminate the pain and prevent infections. While some conservative measures may help, having the offending edge cut away and the toe treated for bacteria is the best way to truly deal with the problem. If you develop an ingrown nail, Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help. You can reach us for an appointment to take care of your nails by calling, faxing, or submitting a form on our website: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to get the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.