The issue with an ingrown toenail isn’t just pain, it’s that the injury can quickly become seriously infected. Because you should never try to treat an ingrown toenail yourself, schedule an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center in Cypress, Texas. Dr. Frazier can treat your ingrown toenail on the spot, so you can get relief quickly. Click on the online scheduler to book your ingrown toenail appointment, or call the office directly.
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common ailments podiatrists treat, so you’re certainly not alone if you have one. Having an ingrown toenail means that instead of growing outward away from your nail bed, your toenail starts to dig into your skin as it grows.
Usually, ingrown toenails form because of improper nail care. You may cut your toenails too short, round out your nail edges, or tear your nails. All of these poor nail trimming techniques can increase your risk of ingrown toenails. You can also develop ingrown toenails due to:
It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail, so you know when it’s time to seek medical intervention.
Pain, swelling, and inflammation near the sides of your toenail are usually signs that you have an ingrown toenail. Sometimes, these issues occur on just one side of your nail, while at other times, you have them on both sides. It’s most common for your big toe to have an ingrown toenail, although you can certainly have this condition with any of your toes.
If your ingrown toenail is infected, you might notice that it’s oozing fluid, or you may see pus draining out. These are indicators that you need medical intervention at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center right away.
Dr. Frazier is an expert at providing quick ingrown toenail relief, treating underlying infections, and preventing future ingrown toenails. Your ingrown toenail treatment plan at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center just depends on how severe your condition is, or whether you’re at risk of infection.
You might merely need a small splint placed under your nail to help it grow out and away from your skin. If needed, Dr. Frazier can numb your toe and gently trim away the portion of your nail that’s ingrown.
In more severe cases, after numbing your toe, Dr. Frazier could need to remove a large part of your nail, or possibly the whole thing. This allows him to directly treat any infection that’s lingering deep below your toenail.
If you continue developing ingrown toenails after Dr. Frazier removes your nail, he can treat your nail bed with a laser or chemical treatment to stop future nail growth. This is usually the absolute last resort, though, since your toenail is essential for protecting the fragile bones at the tip of your toe.
Book your ingrown toenail exam at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center by clicking on the online scheduling feature, or by calling the clinic.