If you have an ingrown toenail and the pain, swelling, and possible infection associated, seek treatment from the podiatrists at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC. Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Irina Blustein offer treatment when an ingrown toenail interferes with your ability to perform daily activities. If you live around Inwood-Washington Heights in Manhattan, New York, or the Rockland County area, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment and get relief from a painful ingrown nail.
When your toenail grows sideways into the bed of your nail, it results in the pain and swelling of an ingrown toenail. They most often occur in the big toe, but any nail is at risk.
You’re at a higher risk of developing the condition if you:
Some people are genetically more predisposed to ingrown nails. Poor fitting shoes or excessive moisture in your shoes can also cause you to develop ingrown nails.
An ingrown nail usually appears red and swollen; it may feel warm to the touch and be painful. If it’s infected, you may observe pus or drainage coming from the area around where the nail penetrates the skin. In some cases, an ingrown nail might bleed or cause you to limp due to the pain.
To prevent ingrown nails, avoid cutting your toenails too short. Wear shoes that fit correctly and aren’t too tight in the toe box. Take care if you experience any trauma to the toes, as it can cause distortions in the way the nails grow.
Ingrown nails that do develop benefit from soaking in warm water, with the addition of Epsom salts or antibiotic soap, to protect against infection.
If the pain from the ingrown toenail interferes with your daily activity, like walking, seek treatment. Dr. Youngewirth and Dr. Blustein can perform a simple in-office procedure that involves numbing the toe and removing a small portion of the nail itself.
When you think the ingrown nail has turned into an infection, it’s imperative you seek treatment. The doctors can offer topical and oral antibiotics to prevent the infection from potentially spreading to the bone.
If you’re prone to foot infections, particularly if you have diabetes, seek care sooner rather than later. Your condition may cause you to have less sensation in your foot, but you can still observe the symptoms of swelling, redness, and possible pus that correlate with an ingrown toenail.
Don’t let the symptoms of an ingrown toenail fester, consult the doctors at Elizabeth Youngewirth, DPM PLLC for treatment today!