Foot & Ankle Specialist Serving Torrance

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the side or corner of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe. Ingrown toenails can cause irritation and feel hard, swollen, and tender initially. In some cases, the skin of the toe may begin to grow over the ingrown nail. An ingrown toenail is also susceptible to infection, which can cause redness, soreness, and discharge of pus.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Although painful, in many cases, ingrown toenails can be treated with conservative approaches. When recognized early, before an infection sets in, home care may help avoid the need for further treatment.

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • Soak the toe in warm, soapy water 3 to 4 times a day
  • Keep the foot dry
  • Wear shoes with ample toe room, or open-toed shows
  • Take Ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain
  • Call a doctor if there is no improvement in 2 to 3 days, or if the condition worsens

When infections are severe, they should be treated by a physician, as antibiotics may be necessary and / or the nail may need to be partially or completely removed. Still, it is important to regularly clean the toe, wear open-toed shoes if possible, and trim the toenails to prevent future infections.

Surgical Treatment

When an ingrown toenail causes excessive pain, swelling, inflammation, or discharge, a minimally invasive approach may be taken to remove parts of the nail or the entire toenail itself. In some cases, a portion of the underlying nail bed, adjacent soft tissues, or part of the growth center may also be removed during the procedure.

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