Ingrown toenails are painful and can lead to infection. Dr. David Geltzer and Dr. Neil Rapoport offer quick and effective treatments for ingrown toenails from their practice, Philadelphia Podiatry Associates, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can call or make an appointment online today.
An ingrown toenail is caused when the side of the toenail (usually on the big toe) begins to grow into the skin of the nail bed. It can cause pain, infection, swelling, and mobility issues. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail will continue to grow and compound its pain and discomfort. Individuals with diabetes or numbness in the foot are especially at risk for ingrown toenail complications since they will not feel the pain associated with foot discomfort.
The most frequent cause of ingrown toenails happens when the nails are clipped at an angle or with rounded edges instead of straight across. When cut at an angle, as the nail grows, it can start to grow into the skin of the toe and become embedded in the soft tissue unless treated. Shoes that are too tight or otherwise poorly fitting can also cause an ingrown toenail.
Additionally, certain genetic factors such as how the nail develops can cause an ingrown toenail. If you’ve had ingrown toenails before, it is more likely that you’ll experience them again, especially if you don’t have your ingrown toenail properly treated by a professional.
Depending on the severity of the ingrown toenail, different treatments may be applied.
However, if the toenail becomes infected or is severely ingrown, surgery is often required. Ingrown toenail surgery is brief and in most cases, you’ll walk out of the office in less pain than when you entered. Your doctor will numb your toe and the surrounding area before cutting away the part of the toenail that is growing into your skin. He may also cauterize the edge of your toenail to guide its growth in the correct direction.
Dr. Geltzer and Dr. Rapoport are skilled at diagnosing and treating ingrown toenails and will provide you with the necessary expertise to reduce your pain and discomfort.