Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that causes the toenails to dig into the surrounding skin. This can not only be an inconvenience but also be a cause of systemic discomfort. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., will strive to remedy your feet from this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Please also take a chance to scroll through our Patient Education library to learn more about what you can do to take care of your feet.
Ingrown Toenails can be caused by improper toenail trimming where they are cut too short. When the toenail’s corners are cut so that they curve with the toe, the sides of that toenail begin to grow into the skin surrounding the toe. Another cause for this condition can be wearing shoes that ate too narrow or tight. The big toes are the ones that generally develop this condition. At first, the toe begins to harden and swell due to the ingrown toenail. Thereafter, it can get inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the skin around the toe can begin to grow over it.
If it gets infected, treatment can include soaking it in warm and soapy water and wedging something in between the ingrown nail and skin to prevent it from digging into the skin. Antibiotics may also be required to combat the infection when the above methods are not successful. Moreover, utilizing clean socks or sandals can breathe new life into your toenails.
When the above is still not helpful, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove part of the ingrown toenail. The medical professional performing this procedure will try their best not to remove the entire nail, as doing so could cause it to come back again. It generally takes up to 4 months for the toenail to regrow once removed.
It is therefore helpful to ensure that the above methods are followed very carefully to prevent a severe complication from arising when you have ingrown toenails. Please contact us to get your toenails straight again!