Ingrown toenails can often start small before becoming incredibly painful. Caused by the nail growing into the skin of your toe instead of over it, as it’s supposed to, an ingrown toenail can start out with a bit of mild irritation before developing into a full-blown infection. The consequences of leaving this type of issue untreated can be dire, which is why we recommend coming into Synergy Foot and Ankle to have your ingrown toenail looked at sooner, rather than later.

If you think you might be dealing with an ingrown toenail, don’t hesitate! Reach out to us at our McKinney location and set up your consultation with a member of our dedicated team today.

Do I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail typically presents itself with relatively mild symptoms at first. During these earlier stages, it may be possible to treat the issue easily and at home. If the problem is allowed to develop further, though, correction may require a visit to our office.

The common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness and pain
  • Heat
  • Puss and bleeding

What Causes This Issue?

Improper Trimming

Ingrown toenails occur for a multitude of reasons, and in many people, genetics play a role in the general shape of nail growth. By far, the most common cause of ingrown toenails is improper trimming. If a nail is cut too short, the skin next to the nail may fold over the nail, causing the nail to grow into the flesh of the toe, instead of over it.

Constricting Footwear

The issue can be worsened by poorly fitting or tight shoe gear, which can have a tendency to press down on the tops of the toenails, causing them to grow into the skin of the toe. Toe injuries—especially severe jams or stubs of the big toe—can lead to an ingrown toenail, as well as repeated stress on the top of a given toe.

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Treating Your Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails can sometimes be treated at home initially, however, when an infection is present this is highly discouraged. In those with medical conditions that put their feet at risk, such as those with poor circulation, diabetes, or nerve damage to the foot, all home treatment is discouraged.

Though treatment is best tailored to the individual, the treating physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or perform a simple surgery to remove a portion or all of the offending nail. In some cases, permanent removal of a portion or all of the nail is indicated. Most people experience very little pain after these procedures and return to normal activity the next day.

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Finding You the Relief You Deserve

Here at Synergy Foot and Ankle, we’re dedicated to finding you a solution to the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. Many of our patients don’t come to us until they’ve been dealing with their painful problems for quite some time. Some of them visit our office as soon as an issue presents itself. No matter how serious your issue may be, we’re confident that we can help you find the relief you deserve and create a treatment plan that restores your full quality of life.

As a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Nam Tran is highly experienced with a number of issues related to your mobility and is ready to help you find a solution to the problems that are causing you pain. When you’re ready to learn more about what Synergy can do for you, reach out to us at our McKinney location and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

New York College of Podiatry Medicine
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery Inc.
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

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