Ingrown Toenails develop on the big toe and make the sides of the nail dig into the surrounding skin. This condition can lead to extreme amounts of pain and sensitivity in the skin where the nail digs in, causing swelling and redness as well. The resulting inflammation hinders mobility as the toe becomes hard to put weight on or even touch, making it hard to wear routine footwear or walk normally.
Treatment for this condition includes soaking the injured toe in warm water. Do not cut the nail when it’s infected. But if you can, only cut them slightly as cutting them too short may cause further complications. Wear shoes that are not too tight or loose and wear supportive and comfortable socks. Acid can be helpful because it can stop another problematic portion of the nail from digging into the skin. Wearing large toe-boxed shoes can also help ensure that toes do not rub against each other, thereby preventing friction that could further aggravate this condition. It’s important to use these measures to prevent this condition from recurring after treatment.
Surgery may be needed when the above methods are not enough to control this condition. Surgery will include cutting the nail so that it no longer digs into the surrounding skin and removing the nail from its bed, which allows for a new nail to grow in the right way. It is important to receive quality care to prevent the onset of serious pain from this condition. Please contact a certified foot specialist today to help ease the pain this condition may be causing your toes.
Ingrown toenails are difficult to endure and treat because they grow in towards the skin adjacent to the toenails. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will utilize the very best treatment methods available to help you overcome this condition. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL. The information available on our Patient Education Library can help direct you towards helpful information about keeping your feet and ankles in top shape.