Ingrown toenails are a common condition that may cause intense pain or become infected if not properly treated. At Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, experienced podiatrist Nesha Prasla, DPM, provides patients of all ages with prompt relief from painful, swollen, ingrown toenails. If you have pain in your toe, it’s best to seek treatment from a podiatrist before the condition worsens. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool today.
Ingrown toenails generally result when the edge of a curved or bent (incurvated) toenail grows into the surrounding skin. An ingrown toenail can be very painful, and it usually happens to your big toe as a result of one or more of the following:
Ingrown toenails easily become infected, leading to swollen toenails, tenderness, and pain. People with circulation problems or diabetes are more likely to experience complications from ingrown toenails than those who do not have circulatory issues.
You can treat most ingrown toenails at home with the following home remedies:
Soak your feet in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times daily to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
After soaking your feet, apply antibiotic ointment to the tender area of the toe and cover it with a bandage.
Consider wearing open-toed shoes, like sandals, until the ingrown toenail heals.
If your ingrown toenails do not respond to home remedies, call Dr. Prasla or schedule an appointment online to seek treatment and prevent future problems.
If your symptoms go beyond discomfort or tenderness around the nail and don’t respond to home remedies like soaking your toe in warm, soapy water or using antibiotic cream, you may need medical attention.
If the pain begins to spread beyond your affected toe, or there’s significant redness, swelling, or pus leaking from the area, contact Dr. Prasla as soon as possible so she can treat the infection before it causes additional complications.
Left untreated, a swollen toenail can infect the bone inside your toe and cause more complicated health issues, especially if you’re diabetic.
Medical treatment for ingrown toenails depends on the severity of your condition. Typically, Dr. Prasla repairs your toenail during an in-office procedure that removes part or all of the affected toenail and some of the surrounding skin.
Dr. Prasla may use a local anesthetic to numb the affected toe, so you don’t feel pain during the procedure. Relief from painful toenails is often immediate, with little downtime from your usual activities.
If you have an ingrown, swollen toenail, it’s best to seek treatment before it gets worse. Call Dr. Prasla at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.