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.
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.
One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. Other causes include:
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.
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:
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.
Practicing good foot care to prevent ingrown toenails includes:
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.