An ingrown toenail is both painful and annoying. If you have diabetes or another chronic condition, an ingrown toenail can also increase your risk of an infection or other, more serious complications. The team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, regularly diagnoses and treats ingrown toenails. If you’re suffering and in need of relief, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
An ingrown toenail is a common podiatric problem that occurs when your toenail curves downward and grows into the soft flesh surrounding your toe. Ingrown toenails can affect any of your toes, but they’re most common on your big toe.
In most cases, you can care for an ingrown toenail on your own. However, if the pain you experience is severe or spreading, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. This is especially true if you have diabetes or another chronic ailment that increases your risk of infection.
The symptoms of an ingrown toenail depend on its location and severity. However, common signs, include:
As your condition progresses, you might also notice pus or other drainage leaking from your affected nail.
There are a variety of factors that can cause an ingrown toenail to form, including:
You’re also more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you cut your toenails at an angle instead of straight across.
Ingrown toenails are unsightly and painful, but if you have diabetes, they can also lead to more serious health problems such as infection or gangrene. To limit your risk of more serious complications, it’s recommended you inspect your feet carefully at least once each day.
To diagnose an ingrown toenail, your Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists provider reviews your medical history, asks you questions about your symptoms, and physically examines your feet and toes. Your doctor also inspects your toenails as well as the color and condition of your surrounding skin. Usually, these tests provide enough insight to make a diagnosis.
Treatment for an ingrown toenail depends on the severity of your symptoms. Whenever possible, the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists uses noninvasive conservative means of treatment.
For example, your doctor might recommend lifting the nail or taking prescription antibiotics. If your symptoms persist, your doctor might recommend partially removing the affected nail or completely removing your nail and surrounding tissue.
To learn more about the treatment options for an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.