Why should you choose Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM? Dr. Auger is passionately committed to patient-centered, holistic care. With nearly 2 decades in the practice of treating feet, ankles, and legs — she also brings the expertise of a spirited gardener and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition to the table, by empowering her patients with the healing power of food.
We don’t always notice when seemingly minor afflictions have started forming; especially as an athlete. However, if you wait until there is an impact on your mobility, an ingrown toenail in West Jordan can become seriously infected and require a surgical procedure.
What Exactly are Ingrown Toenails?
Spotting an ingrown toenail is not that difficult; just look for the sign of your nail growing where it’s not supposed to be. In the beginning, the skin next to the nail will become hardened, swollen, tender and painful to the touch — and it will generally be located on the big toe. In this stage, home remedies may work; try soaking in your foot in warm water for fifteen minutes 3-4 times per day, then applying a topical antibiotic cream — and try letting the toenail grow out.
If left untreated, the condition will most likely advance to the state of an infection. Notice the toenail growing outside the nail bed, and entering the skin next to it? And the symptoms can include consistent pain, bleeding, oozing of pus and skin overgrowth around the toe. Now you need to see your local podiatrist. If you have ingrown toenails in West Jordan, we have 3 SLC locations open for same-day appointments for your convenience.
How Might I Have Contributed to This Condition?
The two leading causes of ingrown toenails are an injury to the toe and wearing inappropriate footwear for the activity in which you are participating. Accordingly, athletes are much more susceptible to the condition, as are seniors or those with curved or thicker-than-normal toenails.
Getting a pedicure with ‘rounded’ tips is a problem waiting to happen. Using scissors at home to trim back an outlier nail can initiate the beginning of ingrown toenails. And, not seeing your podiatrist soon enough can trigger a serious infection.
How Does Dr. Auger Treat Ingrown Toenails in West Jordan?
If your toenail is already infected, an x-ray will be necessary, to see just how far the nail has grown into the skin. Dr. Auger will use conservative methods of treatment (antibiotics, pain medication, bandaging) if they still are likely to work.
If your condition has progressed, there are 2 main types of surgical correction: 1) partial nail removal where she numbs the toe and the nail is narrowed, and 2) total nail removal, performed with a local pain injection — which may be necessary when thickening is the cause of the ingrown nail.
If you’re suffering from ingrown toenails in West Jordan Utah, please contact us right away. Let’s get you out of discomfort and into treatment as soon as possible.
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We are located in the Southwest Family Medicine building, just behind the Smiths on Redwood Road.