If you injure your toe, fail to trim your toenails straight across, or have a hereditary predisposition to your nails curling in, you’re at risk of developing ingrown toenails. Left unmanaged, ingrown toenails increase your risk of infection and other, more serious complications. Expert podiatrists Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, and Mindi Dayton, DPM, MHA at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa in Ankeny, Iowa, proudly offer safe, effective treatments for ingrown toenails. To request your appointment today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.
An ingrown toenail is a common but painful condition that occurs when your nail curves downward and grows into the soft skin surrounding your nail bed. Ultimately, this causes pain, swelling, and general irritation.
If you have diabetes or another chronic medical condition that affects your circulation, ingrown toenails increase your risk of infection, gangrene, and the need for amputation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent ingrown toenails altogether.
The symptoms of ingrown toenails vary from person to person and depend on their severity. Common telltale signs of ingrown toenails include:
As the condition gets worse, you might also notice signs of an infection, such as pus or fluid draining from your affected toenail.
Ingrown toenails occur for a variety of reasons. You’re more likely to experience an ingrown toenail if:
Chronic medical conditions also increase your risk. For example, people with diabetes and circulatory disorders regularly experience ingrown toenails.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent ingrown toenails entirely. You can take steps to lower your risk, though, including:
You can also lower your risk of ingrown toenails by inspecting your feet daily. This is particularly true if you have diabetes or another circulatory disorder.
To diagnose an ingrown toenail, your Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa provider physically examines your feet and toes and asks you questions about your symptoms. Your provider also observes your toenails and the surrounding skin.
Many ingrown toenails heal on their own with conservative measures of treatment such as soaking your feet in warm water and trimming your nail appropriately. If your symptoms persist or get worse, your podiatrist might recommend partially removing the nail, or removing the nail altogether. Your doctor might also prescribe oral antibiotics or topical creams.
If you have an ingrown toenail, don’t wait to seek treatment. Request an appointment at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.