Ingrown toenails are not to be taken lightly. They can be painful and unsightly. They may require treatment by our podiatrists if not managed correctly. Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can treat this condition if you happen to be experiencing it. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.
Ingrown toenails can happen when toenails grow into the surrounding skin, causing the skin to swell. This happens because the toenail grows in a curved shaped and digs downward into the skin surrounding the nail. Infections happen when the skin breaks because of the nail digging into it, which can be painful.
Ingrown nails can be caused by any of the following:
Natural treatments include having your feet soaked in warm salt water while simultaneously rubbing the side of the infected and ingrown nail. It’s best not to cut the nail if it’s infected. If the nail is not infected, refrain from cutting them too short, wear shoes that are not tight or loose and wear supportive and comfortable socks.
If natural treatments do not work, our podiatrist can prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection and thereafter perform surgery to ease the pain and remove the infected nail. Some of the surgeries offered as treatment can be the following:
These procedures can require a varying amount of recovery times, from weeks to months.
Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Comfortable shoes that prevent pressure should be worn to prevent recurrence.
The earlier ingrown toenails are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have ingrown toenails that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact us online to make an appointment as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by Dr. Mucinskas today and your pain will fall flat!