Posts for: April, 2019
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common podiatric issues facing people today. Going by the medical name onychocryptosis, this painful nail condition occurs when a toenail (typically on the big toe) invades the flesh surrounding it. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick see scores of cases every year, and they are here to help you too!
They need consistent care, just as your fingernails do. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that to keep your nails consistently healthy, you should avoid restrictive footwear, wash your feet daily, and wear moisture-wicking socks to help avoid fungal growth.
Perhaps most important, though, is how you trim your nails. Always use a pair of sharp, clean clippers, and cut nails straight across. That way, the nails will not grow into the surrounding flesh and cause an ingrown toenail.
If you do have an ingrown toenail...
Your Denver podiatrists can help. Come into our office and Dr. Costache or Dr. Melnick will inspect your toenails, including the ingrown nail. Then, depending upon the condition's severity and how present the infection is, we may recommend the following interventions:
- Warm water soaks two-to-three times a day for a few days to soften the nail (you may add epsom salts to the water)
- Wearing clean dry socks daily and open-toed shoes if possible
- Taking over the counter medications for pain relief (ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the dosing directions on the bottle)
- Partial or total nail removal in the office (done with locally injected anesthetic)
If a toe becomes infected as a result of onychocryptosis, your podiatrist may also prescribe an oral antibiotic.
If you need help with an ingrown toenail, don't wait! Call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic today at (303) 355-1695, and we will be happy to get you comfortable and moving well again. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!
The Causes and Symptoms
Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…
Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:
- Cutting the toenail too short
- Rounding the toenail during grooming
- Wearing improperly fitting shoes
- Experiencing toe trauma
If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:
- Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
- Regular bleeding
- The presence of a pus-filled blister
- The skin has started growing over the nail
As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:
- Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
- Avoid snug or constraining shoes.
If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.
In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
- Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.
Concerned About Your Toe? Give Us a Call!
If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!
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