An ingrown toenail is a painful condition where the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing inflammation, redness, and sometimes infection. If you experience severe pain, or swelling or notice pus around the nail, it's time to visit Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT.
Dr. Allen Rosenthal specializes in treating ingrown toenails, using advanced techniques to alleviate discomfort and prevent future occurrences. Our team will conduct a thorough examination, offer customized treatment options, and provide tips on proper foot care to prevent the ingrown toenail from recurring. Don't let an ingrown toenail keep you from enjoying your daily activities. Visit Advanced Foot Care Center today and put your best foot forward.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail can be painful and uncomfortable, but you can take active steps to treat the problem at home. Soak your foot in warm, soapy water for 15-20 minutes to help soften the skin around the nail. Then, gently lift the edge of the nail using a clean, sterile instrument, and place a small piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail to help it grow above the skin. Apply an antiseptic ointment and cover the toe with a bandage.
Trim your nails straight across and avoid rounding the edges to evade further ingrown toenails. It's also beneficial to wear comfortable shoes that leave enough room for your toes. If your ingrown toenail causes severe pain, swelling, or infection, you should see a doctor who can remove the nail and, if necessary, prescribe antibiotics. With proper care, you can resume your normal activities without pain.
If at-home remedies don't work, Dr. Rosenthal may treat an ingrown toenail by removing the part of the nail causing the problem, either by cutting it or using a chemical to prevent it from growing. He may also prescribe antibiotics if there is an infection present. In severe cases, our podiatrist may perform a surgical procedure to remove part or all of the nails.
When to Consult a Podiatrist
While an ingrown toenail is treatable at home with self-care measures such as soaking the foot in warm water and wearing comfortable shoes, consult Dr. Rosenthal if the condition persists or becomes severe. You should also consult our podiatrist if you experience persistent pain, redness, swelling, or infection around the affected toenail. If you have a pre-existing medical condition that affects circulation or sensation in your feet, such as diabetes, seek treatment from our podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid complications.
Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have an ingrown toenail and want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, call (203) 431-0048.