Ingrown toenails are painful and unsafe due to their nature to dig into the skin surrounding the toenail. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help to relieve your feet from this condition by providing effective treatment at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Also, make sure you review our Patient Education library to learn more about this condition.
Ingrown toenails occur when the toes have suffered a severe trauma or have been exposed to shoes that are too small. When toenails are trimmed in an uneven manner, they can grow into the surrounding skin, causing it to become inflamed and causing severe pain. When this happens, an infection can occur soon after.
This condition can happen from a genetic deformity, by dropping heavy items on the toes, cutting the toenails very short, improperly fitting footwear or by a fungal infection. Treatment includes soaking the toenails in warm water to soften them before trimming. Wear sandals to allow for the toenail to grow in a proper manner rather than having them digging into the skin from being squashed inside shoes. Shoes that have large toe boxes and that have cushioning can help to prevent the toes from being forced against each other.
Other forms of treatment include medications that shrink the tissue around the nail so that it can grow in correctly. Dressings can also support the area around the ingrown nail and stop it from going inward. It may still be necessary to perform surgery to remove a portion of the nail and pull out the problematic portion.
In any event, this condition can literally grow into a problem. Prevention is important because reoccurrence happens frequently. Without timely and proper treatment, surgical procedures may become necessary to fully heal the toe. So, please contact us if you have this condition so that our podiatrists can provide you with quality treatment and get your toenails back into their correct position!