Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot problems. When a toenail is cut too short or at a curved angle, pointy or jagged edges can grow into the skin at the side of the toe (usually the big toe) after which the nail may become ingrown causing pain, swelling, redness, and infection. Although mild cases can sometimes be treated at home and heal on their own, many ingrown toenails must be treated by a podiatrist to avoid serious infections and complications, especially for people who also suffer from diabetes. If you are afflicted with this problem, please reach out to Dr. William Levy, a podiatrist in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, that provides treatment and rehabilitation solutions for a range of foot and ankle problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are fairly easy to self-diagnose. The most common symptoms are pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness on the skin bordering the nail. Ingrown toenails may also become infected and require treatment with antibiotics and, in some cases, possibly partial removal of the ingrown portion of the nail. This possibility of additional treatment requirements is why you should see a podiatrist if your symptoms do not resolve within a few days or you first suspect infection. If left untreated, an infection can spread from the toenail to the bone, and cause other potentially serious complications. The big toe is typically the most common site for ingrown toenails, but they can develop on the other toes as well.
Although ingrown toenails are not always preventable, there are a few measures that you can take to protect your feet, such as making sure to trim the toenails straight across the nail plate and to regularly wear comfortable, supportive shoes. If you are diabetic, schedule regular check-ups with the podiatrist to avoid potential complications.
Contact Our Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL office Today!
For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and prevention, contact Armitage Podiatry Center Lincoln Park in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL today by calling (312) 266-6326 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy.