Ingrown toenails are very common. Although anyone can get an ingrown toenail, there are a few factors that can make some people more susceptible than others and increase the risk of developing them. Although they can be painful and uncomfortable, they can easily be treated. Dr. Michael Dershowitz, a podiatrist and Founder and Director of The Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, offers treatment and relief for ingrown toenails and other common foot and ankle problems.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Phoenix and Glendale, AZ
A toenail can become ingrown on any toe, but they are most common in the big toe. Some can be mild and only cause mild redness and swelling, while others can become infected and cause significant pain and discomfort. Although ingrown toenails are typically a minor issue for people in good health, men and women with diabetes are at greater risk for serious complications from minor foot conditions and injuries and should seek immediate treatment for any foot problems or signs of infection.
Facts About Ingrown Toenails
When the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin of the affected toe, it causes a number of symptoms including:
- Pain and swelling
Ingrown toenails can also become infected, in which case there may also be pus and other signs of infection. Depending on the severity of symptoms and whether or not the nail becomes infected, the podiatrist may separate the nail from the skin by splinting it with cotton or dental floss, remove part of the nail, or prescribe antibiotics if there is an infection.
There are a few precautions anyone can take in order to decrease the risk of developing an ingrown toenail:
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes that don’t crowd the toes
- Keep toenails clean and trim them straight across, try to avoid sharp or jagged edges
- If you have diabetes, schedule regular podiatry appointments and regularly check your feet for signs of cuts, sores or infection
Find a Podiatrist in Phoenix, AZ
For more information on the best treatment and prevention options for ingrown toenails, contact The Southwest Foot Institute by calling (602) 340-8686 in Phoenix or (602) 340-8686 in Glendale to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dershowitz today.