Ingrown toenails are extremely painful and leave your skin open to infection. At her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Javeria Hussaini, DPM, diagnoses and treats ingrown toenails to relieve pain and prevent potentially serious infections. For relief from ingrown toenails today, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of your nail begins growing into the surrounding skin. While they can happen to any of your toenails, ingrown nails are most common in the big toe, where your nail is thickest.
As your nail becomes embedded in the surrounding skin, it can feel painful, sore, tender, and become swollen.
In the early stages, ingrown toenails may not cause obvious symptoms. As the nail grows into your skin, however, you can experience:
Ingrown toenails are especially dangerous for those with diabetes and other conditions that cause poor blood circulation. Even a small wound in your toe increases your risk of infection, so it’s important to schedule a visit with Dr. Hussaini right away if you think you have an ingrown toenail.
Ingrown toenails are common in those with naturally rounded toenails. You can help prevent an ingrown nail by cutting your toenails straight across rather than into a rounded shape. Cutting your toenails too short also increases your risk of an ingrown nail.
You’re more likely to experience ingrown nails if you frequently wear tight, restrictive shoes that squish your toes together.
If your nail hasn’t grown too deeply into the surrounding skin, you may be able to treat it by soaking your toe in warm water and gently pulling the skin away from the nail to separate it.
Once the nail has grown into the nail bed, however, it’s important to seek professional help to avoid causing damage to the skin or nail itself.
Dr. Hussaini can partially remove your toenail to relieve pain and discomfort from an ingrown toenail. She may use an anesthetic beforehand to ensure you feel comfortable throughout this minor procedure.
If the nail grows deeply into your skin, or this issue happens repeatedly, Dr. Hussaini may recommend removing a larger portion of the nail to correct the problem and minimize your risk of infection.
Preventing infection is essential when treating an ingrown toenail. If Dr. Hussaini suspects you have an infection, she recommends taking oral antibiotics.
To prevent complications from an ingrown toenail, call the friendly staff or schedule an appointment online today.