Ingrown toenails do not serve your foot and ankle health well. You must treat them at the onset before they get out of control. Our team of doctors, 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., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Ingrown toenails happen when your nail grows to the point where it digs into the flesh surrounding it. This condition usually affects the big toe. Those whose toe nails naturally grow in a curved shape are more likely to develop this condition. However, anyone can get this condition from injuries, bad fitting shoes or even improper grooming. Diabetics especially have it tough because of their vascular system. They need to be on top of treatment because if they’re not, serious complications will happen. Such serious issues can even include the amputation of a limb.
If there is an infection that has spread to much, home treatment should not be attempted since it could likely spread the infection in a manner that could put you in serious jeopardy. If someone with ingrown toenails have other medical conditions, the feet can be put at risk for nerve damage. When home treatment is not possible, a doctor will examine you and may prescribe antibiotics and perform a small surgical procedure to ease pain and eliminate the ingrown nail. This is done by using a local anesthetic. For those who get ingrown nails in the same location, the root of the nail may have to be removed. Bandaging will follow and some may experience a little pain after surgery and should be able to start their normal routine soon thereafter. You must remember to finish all medications prescribed after surgery to kill off the infection for good.
Ingrown toenails should not be taken lightly. Please contact our office as soon as possible for an appointment. We will ensure that your pain goes away now!