Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, occur when the corners or sides of the toenail dig into the skin. A common ailment, ingrown toenails can be painful. Ingrown toenails are frequently caused by trimming toenails improperly (too short or rounded at the corners). They may also be caused by shoe pressure (from shoes that are too tight or short), injury, fungus infection, or heredity.
Left untreated, ingrown toenails may become sore, red, and infected. The skin may also start to grow over the nail.
In most cases, treating ingrown toenails is basic: the offending portion of the nail needs to be trimmed out. (Our office has numbing medication and specialized equipment to make this a comfortable task.)
Soaking the foot in warm water to which Epsom salt has been added is also helpful. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if an infection is present.
If ingrown toenails are a persistent problem, an in-office procedure is usually performed to repair this problem permanently. There is little discomfort and practically no limitations afterwards.
Knowing that each situation is unique, take the first step by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.
Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
9933 Lawler Ave., Suite 315
Skokie, Illinois 60077