Ingrown toenails can be a real nuisance, causing discomfort and inconvenience. While some people may try home remedies, there are cases where professional medical assistance is not just advisable but necessary. In this blog, we will explore ingrown toenails, reasons to consult our podiatrists, signs that warrant medical attention, and available treatments.
Understanding Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, occur when the toenail’s edge grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain and possible infection. Typically, this issue affects the big toes but can happen to any toe.
Why Consult Our Podiatrists for Ingrown Toenails?
There are compelling reasons to see our podiatrists for ingrown toenails:
- Infection Prevention: Ingrown toenails can invite bacterial infection. Our experienced team can diagnose and treat infections effectively.
- Pain Management: Ingrown toenails can be painful, making walking and shoe-wearing uncomfortable. Our compassionate doctors can help alleviate this pain.
- Preventing Tissue Penetration: If the toenail has pierced the skin, professional care is needed to prevent complications and ensure proper nail growth.
Signs That Warrant Medical Attention
Specific symptoms should prompt you to see our podiatrists:
- Redness: If the skin around the ingrown toenail becomes red, it could indicate inflammation or infection.
- Persistent Pain: Continuous or severe pain around the ingrown toenail signals the need for help.
- Presence of Pus: The presence of pus suggests infection, requiring professional treatment.
- Nail Penetration: If the toenail visibly grows into the skin, it’s time to contact our office.