For such a common and seemingly minor problem, ingrown toenails cause a surprising amount of pain, and if they don’t heal promptly, they can lead to an infection. The podiatrists at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center in Sacramento and Carmichael, California, provide treatment that quickly relieves your pain, promotes better healing, and can prevent future ingrown toenails from developing. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature today.
An ingrown toenail, called onychocryptosis, occurs when the edge of a toenail — usually your big toenail — grows into the surrounding skin. The following problems can cause ingrown toenails.
An ingrown toenail causes red, swollen skin and pain. Many patients experience intense pain. Your skin may become infected, a problem that needs prompt treatment to prevent the infection from spreading.
Patients with diabetes or poor circulation due to a vascular problem should never try to treat an ingrown toenail at home. Instead, they should schedule an appointment at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center to ensure they don’t develop complications.
If you don’t have diabetes, you can reduce the inflammation and pain by soaking your foot in warm salt water or soapy water, then applying an antiseptic and bandage.
You should not attempt to trim the ingrown nail because it’s easy to cut the skin and increase your risk for an infection. If your home care doesn’t help, your pain is severe, or you develop signs of an infection (drainage and excessive redness), you should seek treatment at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center.
Your doctor may trim or remove the ingrown nail and use a temporary splint to separate the nail from the skin while it heals. If you struggle with recurring ingrown toenails, your doctor may prevent future problems by removing the ingrown nail along with some of the underlying tissue.
If you need help with a painful ingrown toenail, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center or schedule an appointment online.