If the side of your big toe near the nail is constantly inflamed and painful, the nail may be growing into the skin. Without treatment, your ingrown toenail can become infected and cause other complications like bleeding and oozing pus. At Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the team treats ingrown toenails and can help you stop them from growing back. For more information about ingrown toenails and treatment for them, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York or request an appointment online today.
An ingrown toenail happens when your toenail grows into the skin at the edge of the nail. This can cause the skin to swell and become inflamed. While an ingrown toenail can happen on any of your toes, your big toe is the most susceptible.
If you have an ingrown toenail, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York can tell right away just by looking at it. However, they might still recommend an X-ray to see how deep your toenail has grown into the skin and plan your treatment accordingly. With an X-ray, they can also tell if an injury caused your toenail to grow improperly.
Ingrown toenails cause symptoms that get worse over time. Symptoms of ingrown toenails include:
Even if you see that you have an ingrown toenail, you should seek treatment before symptoms occur. You can easily treat your ingrown toenail at home by soaking your feet, pushing the skin aside, and using anti-inflammatory medications for the pain and swelling. However, if your symptoms include pus, bleeding, or warmth, you should get professional help because your toenail is likely infected.
The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York can treat your ingrown toenail and relieve symptoms even if it’s already infected. After viewing the extent of your ingrown toenail, they might recommend these treatments:
The team might remove the part of your nail growing into your skin to create straight edges for your nail. They place a small piece of cotton under the other part of your nail to prevent a new ingrown toenail from forming.
If your ingrown toenail developed because of nail thickening, the team might remove the whole nail after injecting local anesthesia into your toe.
Topical antibiotics can help control infections and prevent a new infection from developing.
Preventing ingrown toenail is as simple as learning the proper way to cut your toenails. You should try not to cut your toenails too short, and you should cut them straight across instead of at an angle.
Ingrown toenails can also develop because of your choice in footwear. You should make sure you buy shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes ample room in the front of the shoe. If you’re prone to ingrown toenails, wearing high heels can put you at a greater risk because they force your toes up against the front of the shoe.
To treat an ingrown toenail with or without an infection, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or book an appointment online today.