While common, ingrown toenails are often painful when left untreated. At Methuen Podiatry Associates LLP, located in Methuen, Massachusetts, board-certified podiatric surgeons and wound care specialists Nicholas A. Ciotola, DPM, Dennis Ryan, DPM, and the team accommodate people with infected ingrown toenails within 24 hours. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking feature today.
Ingrown toenails are common problems where the side of a toenail grows into the surrounding soft tissue. It can cause inflammation, pain, swelling, and infection when not treated.
The condition often affects your big toe. If home remedies haven’t worked to reduce discomfort or you have signs of an infection, see your podiatrist for an evaluation.
The symptoms of ingrown toenails include:
Signs of an infection include warmth, redness, and sometimes pus or drainage. Seeking treatment early, particularly if you have diabetes, is the best way to avoid complications associated with an infected nail.
While anyone can develop an ingrown toenail, its risk factors include:
If you have diabetes, complications associated with ingrown toenails may be more severe.
Ways to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails include trimming your toenails straight across, keeping your nails at a moderate length, and protecting your feet with appropriate footwear.
Check your feet regularly for signs of injury if you have diabetes. Choose shoes that fit comfortably and aren’t too tight.
To determine if you have ingrown toenails, the Methuen Podiatry Associates LLP team discusses your symptoms and medical history. They examine your toenails and surrounding skin to detect or rule out specific problems. Your podiatrist also looks for signs of infection and diabetes-related foot issues.
Your Methuen Podiatry Associates LLP provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments for an ingrown toenail based on its severity:
Before completing a surgical procedure, your specialist first cleans and numbs the treatment area to ensure you avoid discomfort. They may remove ingrown toenails using a laser, chemicals, excision, or other methods.
The Methuen Podiatry Associates LLP team tailors each treatment to ensure outstanding results and minimize the risk of complications.
Schedule an appointment at Methuen Podiatry Associates LLP by calling the office or booking one online today.