Ingrown toenails are a common but painful condition that affects people of all ages. At Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, in Marrero, Louisiana, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons, Catherine Hudson, DPM, Denise Elliott, DPM, and the team offer same-day diagnosis and treatment of irritating ingrown toenails. They can make personalized recommendations that resolve your ingrown toenails permanently. Call Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, today to make an ingrown toenail appointment or book online.

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What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails happen when your nail grows into the skin around your nail instead of away from your toe. Almost everyone experiences an ingrown toenail at one time or another, but if you have diabetes or poor circulation, it’s vital to see a podiatrist. Treatment can reduce your risk of infection and keep your feet healthy.

What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

Symptoms of ingrown toenails include:

  • Swelling
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Pain
  • Tenderness

If the nail becomes infected, it may ooze blood or pus.

Do ingrown toenails require medical care?

Make an appointment at Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, if you have an ingrown toenail and it causes severe pain or mobility issues. That’s particularly true if the pain extends into your foot or you have a medical condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, like diabetes.

How are ingrown toenails diagnosed?

Your Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your toe and toenail. Ingrown nails don’t require any special tests, but your provider may order X-rays to see how far the nail grows into your skin or to check if there’s an infection.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

The Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, team offers same-day diagnosis and treatment of painful ingrown toenails. They may recommend:

  • Placing a splint under the nail, so it grows above your skin
  • Taping your nail, so it grows away from your skin
  • Lifting the nail
  • Partially removing the nail

If you regularly experience ingrown toenails and they affect your mobility or normal routine, the team might recommend completely removing your toenail. Removing the nail and underlying tissue resolves the issue permanently.

Is there any way to prevent ingrown toenails?

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of ingrown toenails. The Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, team recommends wearing shoes that provide plenty of room for your toes, keeping your toenails at a moderate length, and trimming your toenails straight across.

If you have diabetes or another medical condition that affects your circulation, check your feet and toes daily for ingrown nails or other potential issues.

Call Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, today to receive treatment for ingrown toenails, or book your appointment online.