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An ingrown toenail can be very uncomfortable and at times very painful. An ingrown toenail is when the nail curves into the skin and causes skin to become red and swollen.  If not treated properly it may lead to infection. Most people will remove the corner to get relief, however, this will result in the problem returning or even getting worse.

Some causes of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Ill-fitting shoe wear
  • Toenail fungus
  • Improper nail trimming/Pedicures
  • Hereditary
  • Minor/Repetitive trauma
  • Certain foot types/Foot deformities

Symptoms and signs of an ingrown toenail are as followed:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Drainage

One of the best-suggested treatments for an ingrown toenail would be an in-office procedure called a nail matrixectomy. This procedure involves removing the offending edge of the affected area relieving pain, swelling, and infection.  It also involves the removal of the nail root to keep the nail from growing back at the affected area.  Without a matrixectomy, the offending nail edge may return.

After treatment, you will need to apply ointment daily with a small bandage and follow up with your podiatrist in one week.  You can bear weight to affected side the same day as the procedure without limitations.

If you think you may be suffering from an ingrown toenail call Cornerstone Foot & Ankle to schedule your appointment.

 

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