Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

Ingrown toenails are a common issue that can cause pain, redness, and swelling around them and make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably. To find relief from an ingrown toenail, learn about treatments at Nashville Podiatry. With three locations in Gallatin, Nashville, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, the podiatry team offers ingrown toenail treatment to relieve your discomfort as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment at one of the three locations today by calling or using the online booking tool.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown into the skin surrounding your nail. The pressure from the toenail can cause pain, redness, and swelling along your nail border. If the nail breaks through the skin, it increases your risk of an infection and may cause drainage or a foul odor.

What causes ingrown toenails?

One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. Other causes include:

  • A family history of ingrown toenails
  • Trauma to the toenail
  • Improperly sized footwear, especially shoes that are too tight in the toes
  • Certain toenail conditions, like fungal infections or losing a nail to trauma

Teenagers are at a heightened risk of developing ingrown toenails as they learn to perform body care independent from their parents and may cut their nails too short by accident. People with diabetes are also at a higher risk.

What is the treatment for ingrown toenails?

Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on how much the nail has grown into the skin and if the nail has broken through the skin. When the team examines your ingrown toenail, they assess the amount of redness and swelling in the toe and look for signs of infection.

Based on their assessment, the team may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Soaking your feet in room temperature water and gently massaging to toenail border to reduce swelling
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to decrease pain
  • Taking antibiotics when an infection is present
  • Having a minor surgical procedure to remove the portion of the nail that has pressed into your nail border

For chronic ingrown toenails, the team performs a surgical procedure to remove a portion of the nail and the growth plate, which permanently prevents the nail from becoming ingrown.

How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

Practicing good foot care to prevent ingrown toenails includes:

  • Avoiding cutting your nails too short
  • Cutting your nails straight across rather than in a curved line
  • Keeping your feet clean and dry to avoid infections
  • Getting treatment for ingrown toenails and fungal infections when needed

The team can provide additional recommendations for you if you’re prone to developing ingrown toenails or have experienced nail trauma that makes it difficult to cut your nails properly.

For help with ingrown toenails, call Nashville Podiatry or book a visit online now.