Ingrown toenails can cause pain, lead to infections and eventually inhibit your ability to walk naturally. Fortunately, ingrown toenails that are still in the earliest stages can be treated with routine care. And even ingrown toenails that have advanced significantly can be treated by podiatrists so you experience full recovery and learn how to prevent recurrence in the future. Trust the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA to help treat all of your lower extremity issues quickly, professionally and painlessly.
How Ingrown Toenails Form
An ingrown toenail begins to form when the skin tissue surrounding the nail forms too tightly around it and causes the nail to grow into the tissue instead of freely on top of the skin. Many factors can lead to ingrown toenails, from improper nail cutting techniques to foot trauma. Shoes that are too tight can also be a risk factor, as well as certain diseases like diabetes that cause issues within your extremities. Whenever you suspect you may have an ingrown toenail forming, call our office for advice fromand begin a home care regimen that includes hot water soaks, anti-inflammatories, loose-fitting footwear and keeping feet dry and cool.
Treating Ingrown Toenails That Become Infected
Once an ingrown toenail reaches the stage where infection has set in — evidenced by hot, red skin surrounding the nail and pain in the general area — it’s time to schedule an appointment with us to address it in the office. First, we may start you on antibiotics to prevent the spread of infection. Next, we’ll assess what type of procedure is necessary for your ingrown toenail. For simple cases, we can perform a resection[LINK] of the nail, removing just the piece that has become impacted by the skin. For more complicated cases, an avulsion[LINK] or detachment of the nail may be necessary. If you have experienced recurring ingrown nails or are at risk for doing so, a permanent matrixectomy[LINK] or nail removal may be recommended.
Contact Us Today To Begin Healing
Once you realize your ingrown toenail has become infected or your at-home treatment attempts have not been successful, Ingrown toenail treatments can be accomplished in our office and enable fast and complete healing.at 717-620-8225 to schedule an evaluation and begin working to define your treatment options.