If your shoes are feeling tight and uncomfortable and you are noticing some redness and swelling around your toenail, take a five-minute break and hear what we have to say! You most likely have an ingrown toenail and it is not something to ignore.
The truth is that our feet are often covered up and overlooked which leaves an ingrown nail time to develop into a painful problem. Essentially, this condition occurs when one or both of the sides of your toenail grow downward into the skin tissue surrounding the nail. Toenails are supposed to grow straight out towards the tip of your toe but poor footwear, bad hygiene, and injury can lead to a nail becoming ingrown.
Can’t I just leave it alone and let nature take its course?
It is never wise to just leave an ingrown nail alone. A mild problem may be treated at home with a warm water foot soak, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter medicine and changing footwear. If it is painful and/or infected, it is important to seek medical treatment. The ingrown nail can cause a bacterial tissue infection and possibly infect the underlying bone, which could result in a serious bone infection. If you have diabetes or another condition where nerves are damaged or circulation is impaired, a nail problem can quickly progress into a disastrous situation.
Don’t try your own version of Grey’s Anatomy in your bathroom – let the us at Family Footcare & Surgery take care of your ingrown toenail. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel for quick and effective treatment and get relief for your pain. Call our Milford, CT office at (203) 876-7736 or our Hamden, CT office at (203) 288-4055. We look forward to seeing you!