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.
- 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.
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.
Request an Appointment
Discuss your questions and concerns personally with a South Bay foot and
ankle specialist from Torrance Memorial Physician Network. Call to request
an appointment at one of our three locations.