Not sure when it's time to forget about home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber, your Denver, CO podiatrists at Colorado Sports Podiatry, share information about ingrown toenails and explain when it's a good idea to visit your foot doctor.
What happens when I have an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of a nail grows into the skin that surrounds the nail. They're more likely to happen if you round the corners of your toenails instead of cutting them straight across or wear shoes or socks that are too tight. If your toenail curve or you have a fungal infection, you may be at increased risk of developing ingrown toenails.
When should I visit a Denver podiatrist?
Although ingrown toenails can sometimes be successfully treated at home, call your foot doctor if you have any of these problems:
- Diabetes: Don't attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home if you have diabetes. Any injury, cut or break in your skin, no matter how small, can lead to a serious infection that can threaten the health of your foot and leg.
- Signs of Infection: If you have an infected ingrown toenail, your toe will become inflamed and red. You may also notice pus around the nail.
- Trouble Freeing the Ingrown Nail: Home treatments, such as soaking your toe to soften the nail and skin, can help you free the nail from your skin. Sometimes these treatments don't work, and your ingrown nail continues to worsen.
- Frequent Ingrown Toenails: If the problem happens often, your podiatrist can offer treatment options, including removing the part of the nail that grows into your skin.
How can a foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer several ways to relieve the pain of an ingrown toenail. They can remove the edge of your nail and provide antibiotics if you have an infection. If chronic ingrown toenails are a problem, your foot doctor will use chemicals, a laser or other treatment options to prevent a section of the nail from growing back.
A visit to Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber, your Denver, CO podiatrists at Colorado Sports Podiatry, can provide relief for your ingrown toenail pain. Call them at (303) 321-4477 to schedule an appointment.