Do you take your feet for granted? We all do, and toenails too – unless we’re visiting a nail salon for a pedicure with the works!
It’s a good idea to build into your health routine a thorough foot and toenail check. Examine your toes regularly for any signs of possible toenail problems.
Ingrown Toenails Can Be Very Painful
Ingrown toenails result when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the toe’s soft flesh. This painful condition is very common with those who have excessively curved toenails – blame it on heredity! Other causes are rounding round your nails when you trim them instead of cutting straight across, injury to the toenail and wearing shoes that crowd your toes.
If you see any of these symptoms, you may have an ingrown toenail:
- Redness around the nail
- Pain and tenderness in your toe on either side of the nail
- Toe swelling around the nail
- Signs of infection
It’s important to call Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM right away if the pain becomes severe or if there are signs of infection like pus or redness. Left untreated the infection may expand and affect the underlying bone. Patients with diabetes or any other disease that restricts blood flow to the feet should be extra cautious if there are any signs of an ingrown toenail.
Painless In-Office Treatment for Ingrown Toenails
Over-the-counter solutions for ingrown toenails just don’t work. Don’t put off professional treatment if you suffer from this painful condition.
We will perform a painless procedure right in our office to eliminate the ingrown toenail permanently. Under local anesthesia, we will remove the ingrown nail border with no incision and no stitches! After a brief healing period your toenail will look normal and you can quickly resume your usual activities.
Prevent Ingrown Toenails
- Always trim toenails straight across.
- Keep toenails even with the tips of your toes – not too long and not too short.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box.
- Based on your job or other activities, wear protective footwear to protect feet and toes from injury.
- Check feet and toes daily, especially if you have diabetes.
Contact Us for Relief from Ingrown Toenails
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist will examine your feet and discuss a permanent solution to your ingrown toenail discomfort. You can call our Chicago office at 773-561-8100 for an appointment or contact us via the website. An untreated ingrown toenail will only get worse – don’t wait another day to get pain relief!