As podiatrists, we see many patients who suffer from ingrown toenails. This common condition can be excruciating, leading to further complications if left untreated. That is why seeking the help of a podiatrist, or a medical professional early is so essential if you are experiencing symptoms of an ingrown toenail.
As experts in treating conditions of the feet and ankles, podiatrists have the skills and knowledge to diagnose the underlying cause of your ingrown toenail and recommend the best treatment. We typically begin by examining the affected toe and toenail to determine the condition’s severity and rule out any underlying infections.
Based on our examination and your symptoms, we may recommend a warm water foot bath and applying an antiseptic solution several times a day to reduce inflammation and risk of infection. We may also remove a small piece of the nail to help manage your discomfort.
If your ingrown toenail is more severe, we may recommend a minor procedure to remove the portion of the toenail that is digging into the skin. This procedure is done under local anaesthesia and is quick and relatively painless.
In addition to treating your current symptoms, we can provide helpful advice on preventing ingrown toenails from developing in the future. Some common tips include wearing comfortable shoes that fit correctly, trimming your toenails straight across, and avoiding tight-fitting socks or hosiery.
Overall, seeking the help of a podiatrist for your ingrown toenail can help alleviate your symptoms and prevent further complications from developing. Delaying medical attention will lead to severe infection and longer recovery time. Therefore, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing discomfort or pain in your toes.