Ingrown toenails may seem like a small problem, but left untreated, they can become sore, red, and painful. At Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, a branch of Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the team of expert podiatrists can diagnose and treat ingrown toenails before they become infected. To schedule an appointment with the team, call the office or book a visit online today.
An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, is a toenail that grows irregularly, typically due to cutting the toenails too short or wearing shoes that are too small. They can also be caused by poor foot structure, injury, a fungal infection, or genetics.
While ingrown toenails are a common ailment, they can be extremely painful when left untreated, making it difficult to walk or move around comfortably.
When you have an ingrown toenail, the nail often looks like it’s growing into the surrounding skin. They also appear hard and swollen. Other common signs of an ingrown toenail include:
Without proper treatment, an ingrown toenail may continue growing into your skin, leading to constant pain and even infection. Over time, the surrounding skin can start to grow over the ingrown toenail.
In most cases, an ingrown toenail can easily be treated at home. Simply soak your foot in warm, soapy water a few times a day until the pain and inflammation subside. If that doesn’t work, the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, recommends:
If your ingrown toenail leads to infection, you may need antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Known as a partial nail plate avulsion, this minor surgical procedure involves removing part of the toenail to stop it from growing deeper into the skin. First, your podiatrist injects your toe with a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. Next, they gently remove the portion of the toenail that’s causing you pain. The team then uses sodium hydroxide to prevent ingrown toenail regrowth.
While some people are simply more prone to ingrown toenails due to genetics, you can prevent them in the future by:
An ingrown toenail is a painful condition that the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, can treat at their state-of-the-art office. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a visit online.