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Ingrown Toenail

Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Memorial, Houston, TX

If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know the pain, swelling, and discomfort that go along with it. Ingrown nails can lead to infection, making it hard even to wear shoes or go about your typical day. Don’t let an ingrown toenail slow you down: Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin at Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem. When the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, breaking through the skin’s surface, the area becomes inflamed and uncomfortable. If left untreated, an ingrown nail can develop into a severe infection.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Anyone can get an ingrown toenail — athletes and people who spend a lot of time on their feet are particularly susceptible. The most common causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Improper nail-cutting technique
  • Irregular, curved nails
  • Ill-fitting footwear
  • Trauma or injury to the toes
  • Poor posture

Proper foot care is essential to good health and helps prevent ingrown toenails and subsequent infections. Trimming and filing your nails on a regular basis can help control their growth and prevent them from growing into the skin.

What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

Not everyone experiences pain with an ingrown toenail, but some people find the pain unbearable, especially if infection develops. The pain can range from some discomfort to debilitating pain that makes it difficult to walk or stand.

Common symptoms of ingrown toenails include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the side of the toenail
  • Redness around the toenail
  • Swelling in the toe
  • Pus draining from the nail area

What are the treatment options for ingrown toenails?

People with diabetes or other conditions affecting the circulatory system should seek prompt medical attention for ingrown toenails to ensure proper healing and prevent an infection.

If the ingrown toenail is the result of an injury, Dr. Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin may perform an X-ray to determine how deep the nail is embedded in the skin.

Treatments for an ingrown toenail without infection include:

  • Foot soaks
  • Separating the nail and skin
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Topical ointments

Infected nails may require a minor surgical procedure that removes part or all of the affected nail to eliminate the infection. Dr.Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin will recommend the best course of treatment based on your medical needs.

Contact Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas, to schedule your appointment today.