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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!
Caryn Klapholz has been suffering from stage five kidney disease and while they would like to keep her off of dialysis her worsening condition can only be reduced with a transplant. Klapholz’s problems first began with an ingrown toenail. Five years ago when she tried to remove the nail herself, it quickly became infected; which then turned into a more serious bacterial infection. With the help of gallons of antibiotics every day, she survived, but not without internal damage to her body. “We’re at the point where we known Caryn’s only good quality of life and literally survival is organ transplant.” her husband stated.
Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- Bacterial infections
- Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
- Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
- Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
- Genetic predisposition
Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.
If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.