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how podiatrists treat ingrown toenailsLearn how podiatrists treat ingrown toenails

An ingrown toenail is the most common problem that people experience with their toenails. Although the toenail usually grows straight out, there are times when it might curve and start growing into the skin. This painful condition results in tenderness and swelling that may make it difficult for you to wear shoes or walk. An ingrown toenail can be fixed by your podiatrist.

When to See a Podiatrist

If you have diabetes or a vascular disease, it is important to see your podiatrist as soon as you have symptoms of a toe or foot problem. For anyone else, any time that your toes or feet hurt, you should see a podiatrist. If you tried to fix your toenail at home and did not succeed, the podiatrist will be able to help you.

Techniques for Treating Ingrown Toenails

If you are in pain, the podiatrist will start by numbing your toe. This might be done with an injection of a numbing medication or rubbing on of an ointment that causes numbing. The podiatrist will then use surgical scissors to remove the part of the toenail that is ingrown. If the toenail is deeply embedded into your skin, the podiatrist might need to use a laser to remove it. To permanently fix an ingrown toenail, your podiatrist may be able to apply a chemical solution to the corner of the nail. This will control how the nail grows in the future so that it cannot grow to the side and get stuck in your skin.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

After the podiatrist has fixed your ingrown toenail and your skin heals, you will need to perform proper toenail hygiene at home. When your toenails need to be trimmed, cut them straight across. Do not make any curved shapes at the edges or corners of the nails. Use toenail clippers for trimming. Make sure that your shoes give your toes plenty of room. Tight toe boxes encourage your nails to grow the wrong way. Avoid tearing or ripping at the nail or the skin around your toenails. If you notice any more toenail problems, visit the podiatrist promptly in order to get medical treatment. 

When you need a podiatrist it is important to consider the experience and reputation, as in any choice for a health practitioner. Dr Hickey has served the Levittown and Hicksville are a a podiatrist for many years and produced many happy feet! Make your feet happy too. Call: (516)735-4545