What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenail can develop when the nail begins to grow into the skin at the end or side of the toe when it should be growing over the top of it. Anyone can develop one; however, sometimes ingrown toenails can be a result of injury, poorly fitting shoes, or improper foot hygiene and grooming.
Patients who have diabetes, vascular problems, and numbness in their toes will have to take special care of ingrown toenails because they can lead to more serious complications.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrowns can cause discomfort and may become infected if left untreated. When an ingrown toenail is left untreated and becomes infected, pus can develop and it can become very red. If this the nail does become infected or pain does not go away after attending to the nail, contact the doctor immediately. This is especially true for diabetics who can risk foot infection complications and amputations.
How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated?
To prevent complications and ease symptoms, the toenail must be attended to. If the ingrown nail is especially severe or an infection develops, the doctor may have to remove part of the nail. If ingrown nails are an ongoing issue, removal of the nail root on the ingrown side can be necessary. This is accomplished through ingrown toenail surgery. The doctor will drain the infection from the end of the toe during the procedure and if necessary remove the extra tissue which has grown over the end of the toenail.
Call us at 727-842-9504 to make an appointment. Dr. Zafar will sit down with you and discuss options to proceed with.