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How to Fix an Ingrown Toenail


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2/21/2017
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Treating Ingrown NailsTrust us: you don’t want to let a case of ingrown toenails linger. This common toenail condition, in which a wayward edge or corner of a toenail finds the soft surrounding flesh and starts digging in, can produce a lot of tenderness and pain. More seriously, though, the injury can lead to a bacterial infection (which could jeopardize your entire toe) or provide an opening for an aggravating fungal infection of the toenail.

So, to reiterate—if you have an ingrown toenail, you want to fix it, fast. Fortunately, you have some good options available to you.

If you are healthy, don’t have diabetes, and don’t have any concerns about circulation in your feet, you can attempt to fix a mild ingrown toenail at home. About 2-3 times per day, soak your feet in lukewarm water for a few minutes to get them nice and soft. Then, using a small piece of cotton or dental floss, gently push the corner of the nail to encourage it to grow up and out. Re-evaluate after a few days and see if your symptoms have improved.

However, if the pain is severe, you have any potential complicating medical concerns, you see any signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus, etc.), or home care just isn’t working, give us a call. In fact, you can give us a call right at the beginning if you just don’t want the hassle! We can fix ingrown toenails at our office in minutes, by either lifting the nail or cutting and removing the ingrown edge under a local anesthetic. The pain relief is immediate, and the procedure won’t keep you off your feet or enjoying daily activities.

You don’t have to keep living with the pain! Ingrown toenail removal is one of the most satisfying procedures for us to perform, because we get to see our patients do a complete 180 on pain and discomfort within a single appointment! If you’ve been putting off getting your ingrown toenail fixed, now is definitely the time to schedule an appointment. You can call our office in Surprise, AZ at (623) 584-5556.

Category: Skin and Toenail Problems

Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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Founder and Managing Partner of Fixing Feet Institute

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