If your toenail grows into the flesh along the sides of the nail, this painful problem is referred to as an ingrown toenail. It is a very common problem and one that a foot doctor can help you to treat so you no longer experience discomfort.
Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM provides treatment of ingrown toenails to patients in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Ingrown toenails can sometimes cause serious problems, especially for diabetic patients, so it is important that you get prompt treatment for your toe problems if you are experiencing discomfort. Call Dr. Auger today to make your appointment.
Ingrown toenails happen when the edges of the toenail grow outside of the nail bed and into the skin next to the nail. The nail can break the skin, causing substantial discomfort. Usually, this happens on the big toe. Wearing inappropriate shoes and injuring the toes are two leading causes of ingrown toenails. Athletes tend to be more susceptible to this problem, as are older adults and people with thicker or curved toenails.
The most obvious symptom of an ingrown toenail is a nail that has grown where it does not belong, into the skin of the toe. Unfortunately, ingrown toenails can also cause infections to develop. This can lead to intense pain, redness in the area around the toenail, and swelling. Sometimes, pus will drain from the infected area. Any of these signs suggest a serious problem that must be treated promptly.
It is important to get the proper treatment for ingrown toenails. Trying to use manicure scissors to cut the nail could cause a serious infection, as could attempting to drain the pus yourself at home. You need to visit a podiatrist for treatment, which could include antibiotics to fight the infection or an in-office procedure to remove the affected nail.
Dr. Auger has treated many patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah who suffer from ingrown toenails and other problems with the feet. Contact Dr. Auger today to schedule your appointment so you can resolve your ingrown toenail problems before a serious infection causes whole-body health issues.