Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a condition where the nail edge or border digs into the skin, can occur for several reasons. Poor cutting techniques, such as trimming nails too short or rounding off the edges, is one common cause. Wearing tight or narrow shoes can also lead to an ingrown toenail due to putting pressure on the sides of your toes. Other causes include having curved nails, fungal infections in the nail bed, and any kind of trauma or injury to the toe area. People with diabetes are particularly at risk due to weakened nails and reduced sensation in their feet. To prevent an ingrown toenail it is important to wear comfortable shoes and properly trim your nails straight across with no rounding at the edges. Treating any fungal infection promptly is also important for prevention measures. If you do notice signs of an ingrown toenail it is best to seek medical help immediately as complications may arise if left untreated.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options For Ingrown Toenails

The diagnosis of an ingrown toenail is typically made by a foot specialist. A physical examination will be performed to assess the extent of the infection and determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, imaging tests may be used to examine the nail matrix (the root of the nail) more closely. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition. For more severe cases, partial or complete nail avulsion (removal) is necessary under local anesthesia. During a surgical procedure, either part or all of the entire nail plate and root may be removed along with any infected tissue surrounding it. Afterward, antibiotic ointment is usually applied to prevent further infection and promote healing. In some cases, a piece of nail remaining in the skin can lead to recurrent infections so complete removal of even small sections may be necessary for long-term relief from ingrown nails.

If you would benefit from getting a pesky ingrown toenail removed, don’t wait!  It is important to seek medical help immediately if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail as it can lead to serious complications like infection if left untreated. Call our office today to get an appointment and see if ingrown toenail surgery is the right treatment for you.

Are You Or A Family Member Suffering From Ingrown Toenails In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from ingrown toenails you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.