Discusses Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails are caused from your
nail curving into the side of your skin on the toe. You may
notice pain but no other problems at the beginning. You may have pain
especially when wearing shoes. As time progresses, you will
likely develop redness, swelling and increased pain.
As the condition worsens, you may note
that redness and swelling of the toe increases and thick yellow
drainage starts coming from the toe. This is an infected
ingrown toenail and requires immediate attention. In severe
cases, red a red streak may course from the toe onto the foot
indicating a more severe infection or
To avoid these infections, seek care
from your podiatrist when you experience the more minor
symptoms. If you delay treatment the infection can become
severe and may require oral antibiotics and other care.
Ingrown toenails can be hereditary as
you may inherit a curved shape to your nail which can eventually lead
to pain. Other causes include trauma, toenail fungus and
improper cutting of the nail. You should avoid trying to cut
deep into the corner of the nail. Cutting deep into the
corner may give you temporary relief but usually a portion of nail
remains and leads to infection. This is known as “bathroom
surgery”! Cutting into the corner is often done when you get
a pedicure and is a common source of infected ingrown toenails.
Treatment of underlying problems such
as fungal nails is important to help avoid worsening ingrown toenails
and nail deformities.
Treatments at home include soaking,
antibiotic cream and bandages to protect the toe. In the
office, the toe is cleared of infection and you may have a small
portion of nail removed. This small piece of nail must be
removed to effectively stop the infection.
For those of you that get frequent
ingrown toenails, a permanent nail procedure is the best option. This
permanent minor procedure or matrixectomy is done in the office with a
local anesthetic and requires no incision or stitches.
Success rates are over 95% and this is one of the most common office
procedure performed in a podiatry office in all age groups.
If you suffer from ingrown toenails,
call Dr. Marc Katz in Tampa today for the most advanced treatment
available and with the smallest amount of down-time.
Call now to get your ingrown toenail