An ingrown toenail is the result of the nail edge
embedding itself into the skin. Measures everyone can use to avoid
ingrown toenails include:
Keep the nails clean. Use a brush, forward and backward, to keep the
cuticle back and free of irritation.
Always trim the toenails straight across. This helps keep the
leading edge of the nail from penetrating the skin.
Wear shoes that are the proper width and length. Excessive shoe
pressure tends to push the adjacent skin toward the nail, making
ingrown nail problems more frequent.
If an ingrown nail is developing, self-treatment
should consist of soaking the affected toe in warm water, packing cotton
into the groove between the nail and flesh in an attempt to prevent the
nail edge from piercing the skin, and avoiding tight shoes and
stockings. If self-treatment provides only temporary relief and ingrown
nails are a recurring problem—or infection develops--the ingrowing
border of the nail should be permanently removed by your podiatrist.
This is a minor procedure usually performed in the office.
An acute ingrown nail is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, and
infection. Should you find you have an acute ingrown nail, see your
podiatrist who can recommend treatment. This may include antibiotics and
removal of the offending nail border.
We understand the concern of patients who suffer from the pain, cost and
disability associated with ingrown nails. Podiatrists are trained to
treat ingrown nails efficiently with minimal pain and disability.
Can a podiatrist relieve the pain and discomfort of your ingrown nails?
We make it easy for you to find out. Here's how....
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide
24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including
Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file
all necessary insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of
maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.