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Ingrown Toenail

Foot and Ankle Specialists located throughout Nebraska
Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenail services offered throughout Nebraska

If you have a painful toenail that has grown into the skin surrounding it and you need relief, see the experts at Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons located throughout Nebraska. The skilled podiatrists offer effective treatments for ingrown toenails to eliminate pain and infection. Call the office nearest you to schedule an evaluation, or request one using the online booking tool today.

Ingrown Toenail Q&A

What are ingrown toenails?

An ingrown toenail forms when the side of a toenail grows into the surrounding flesh, often resulting in pain or infection when left untreated. Ingrown toenails can diminish your quality of life and prevent you from staying active. See a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail that’s painful or not healing with home treatments.

What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

The symptoms associated with ingrown toenails include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Inflamed skin
  • Warmth
  • Pus

Such symptoms range in severity from mild to severe. Ingrown toenails may go away on their own or need medical intervention by a specialist to heal properly. 

What are the risk factors for ingrown toenails?

While the cause of ingrown toenails isn’t always known, several factors may increase your chance of developing them. Examples include improperly cutting your toenails (not cutting them straight across), having unusually curved toenails, and wearing ill-fitting footwear. 

Additional risk factors are stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe, nail infections, and having diabetes. 

How does my podiatrist diagnose ingrown toenails?

During a visit to Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons, your podiatrist asks questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They complete a thorough examination of your feet and toes to diagnose your condition and determine the most effective treatment plan. 

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Your podiatrist treats ingrown toenails on a case-by-case basis. They may lift the affected nail and place cotton or a splint under it, tape the nail, or partially or fully remove a painful nail to ensure proper healing. Before they remove an ingrown toenail, your provider numbs the treatment area to ensure the procedure feels comfortable. They follow up with you as needed.

Steps you can take to reduce the risk of future ingrown toenails include trimming your toenails straight across, checking your feet regularly if you have diabetes, keeping your toenails at a moderate length, and wearing shoes that fit properly and comfortably. 

To heal from an ingrown toenail and eliminate the pain associated with it, schedule an appointment at Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons by phone or request one online today.