While an ingrown toenail may not seem very serious, the pain that this condition causes can be excruciating, making the slightest pressure a teeth-gritting experience. At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, the team of podiatric experts routinely treats ingrown toenails, helping patients in Decatur and Roanoke, Texas, find much-needed relief. For the quick and easy treatment of your ingrown toenail, call one of the two locations, or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

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What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, as the name implies, occurs when the edge of your toenail digs into the flesh surrounding your toe, which can cause pain and inflammation. Ingrown toenails typically develop in your big toes, but they can occur in other toenails.

An ingrown toenail isn’t medically serious unless you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or a circulatory issue in your legs and feet.

Across the board, however, ingrown toenails can be a very painful condition to cope with, which makes seeking medical care a good idea.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails can develop for any number of reasons, including:

  • Toenails that are overly curved
  • Wearing shoes or socks that fit too tightly
  • Cutting your toenails too short or in a curved shape
  • Injury to your toe

However the ingrown toenail develops, it’s important to address the issue promptly, so you can avoid infection, not to mention relieve the pain.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

Once your podiatrist at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle confirms the ingrown toenail, their first order of business is to remove or lift the piece of nail that’s digging into your flesh. This simple action should bring you immediate relief, though you may have some residual soreness. Rest assured, your doctor applies a local anesthetic whenever needed.

If you have chronic problems with ingrown toenails, your podiatrist may decide to remove the edge of your toenail, including the nail bed, to prevent the condition from recurring.

While some people treat ingrown toenails on their own, this type of “bathroom surgery” is greatly discouraged, especially if you have diabetes or another issue that affects the health of your feet. The team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle can quickly and easily remedy your ingrown toenail, greatly reducing your risks for infection.

Can ingrown toenails be prevented?

There are many ways you can prevent ingrown toenails, including:

  • Wearing shoes and socks that give your toes more room
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Maintaining your toenails at the correct length
  • Protecting your toes from trauma

For quick resolution of your ingrown toenail, call North Central Texas Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.