Though it begins as a simple annoyance, an ingrown toenail can quickly become a seriously painful experience. Learning to spot an ingrown nail in its earliest stages can help you ensure that it never reaches the point distress, and working with your podiatrist can ensure that you keep your feet in tip-top condition. Read below to learn more about ingrown toenails, their symptoms, and how your doctor can help treat them, and contact Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, for personal treatment.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail begins to curl, growing into the skin and causing it to become inflamed or infected. Ingrown toenails can cause mild to severe pain and happen to anyone.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail may begin as a slight discomfort on the side of the toe, but can produce other symptoms as it advances. These include:
- Pain and discomfort around the toenail
- A curled or curved toenail which grows into the flesh on the side of the nail bed
- Redness or irritation on the side of the toenail
- Swelling around the nail bed
- An open wound around the nail
- A pus-filled wound around the nail
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail is as simple as taking a few steps to ensure that your toenails and feet remain clean and healthy. For instance, always cut the toenails straight across and avoid curving their sides while trimming. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean while also remembering to wear fresh socks daily and to change them after activities which cause perspiration. Finally, avoid wearing too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled shoes, as the pressure placed onto the nail can cause it to grow inward.
Treating ingrown toenails at our Avon, CT, office
Treating an ingrown toenail depends on its severity. In some cases, simply cutting the nail straight across and waiting for it to grow out is the best treatment. Other treatments may include your podiatrist removing part or all of the nail. If the skin has become infected, you may need to take antibiotics or other medications to treat the infection, as well. Consulting with your foot doctor will help you find the best treatment for your ingrown toenail.
For more information on ingrown toenails, please contact Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT. Call (860) 677-7733 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Grayson today!