Ingrown Toenail Surgery Treatment

If you've lived for at least several years, chances are, you've already experienced having ingrown toenails. But what are ingrown toenails? This condition occurs when a corner or two of the nail is digging or making direct contact into the soft area of your nail grooves. This usually leads to inflammation, characterized by irritation, redness, and even swelling. Normally, toenails grow outwards. If they grow inwards like with ingrown toenails, that's because sides or corners can curve and into that flesh. The big toe is the most likely victim, but your other toes can also undergo this issue.

Ingrown Toenail Causes

The causes of ingrown toenails are as follows:

  • Improperly trimmed nails
  • Heredity
  • Shoe pressure; crowding of toes
  • Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities

Ingrown Toenail Symptoms

Ingrown toenail symptoms can also occur:

  • Pain
  • Redness and swelling
  • Drainage
  • Odor
  • Prominent skin tissue (proud flesh)

Treating Your Ingrown Toenail Infection at Home

If there's a possibility of infection because of your ingrown toenail, you need to soak your possibly infected foot and toes into salt water that's warm or get a basin of water full of antibacterial soap. Afterwards, put antiseptic and bandage the affected area.

As for people with circulatory disorders, peripheral vascular disease, or diabetes, you shouldn't do any DYI treatment and instead seek medical attention ASAP. Other self-treatments you shouldn't do involve taking over-the-counter medications or removing the nail. It's better to play it safe and let your podiatrist diagnose the disease and suggest a proper treatment than to self-medicate or play doctor yourself.

When Should You Go to the Podiatrist?

If there's excessive redness or drainage on your foot, then it's about time you saw a podiatrist. Ditto during those instances where short-term home trials or folk remedies aren't really working. It's best to rely on an expert, especially if you have poor blood circulation or diabetes. The last thing you want to end up with is more severe complications, so you should have a doctor and podiatrist on hand to guide your decisions.

Diagnosing and Treating Ingrown Toenails

Your podiatrist will get rid of the ingrown portion of your toenail and give you oral or topical drugs to deal with the infection that's already there. As for chronic ingrown toenail problems, you should undergo a special podiatric procedure that will permanently fix the problem. This involves using a laser, chemical compound, or some other special method to remove the root or matrix of the ingrown corner of your nail for good.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

With that said, here are some tips to remember about avoiding ingrown toenail development.

  • Properly trim your toenails. Clip them across and not longer than your toes' tips.
  • Don't clip corners and carefully round them off with a nail file.
  • Use clippers only to clip toenails.
  • Don't wear shoes with pointy or narrow toe boxes.
  • Do not tear or rip toe edges.

Dr. Arshia Roohian is currently serving cities including Laguna Woods, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Lake Forest. She offers expert and professional podiatric services including ingrown toenails. She performs the ingrown toenails procedure on a daily basis, so you can make appointment online and in real-time.

The information contained above is intended for general reference purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment. Health information on this website MUST NOT be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of your doctor.