If you notice that a toenail is digging deeply into the side of your toe, this is likely an ingrown toenail, a foot problem that is easily treated but should be taken care of right away. The Westwood Foot Clinic, located in Golden Valley, MN can help you eliminate this problem, which will relieve the discomfort that you are experiencing. Here is what you need to know about this foot condition:
What Exactly Is an Ingrown Toenail?
By definition, it is when the side of a toenail grows into the flesh. It is possible to take care of this toenail yourself but if the pain is severe, it is better option to use a podiatrist, specially trained in removing the toenail. Incorrect treatment can lead to an infection, which is why we recommend going to a professional.
You will notice redness around you toenail. There may be foot pain, tenderness, and swelling. If the pain is small, the ingrown toenail can eventually work itself out but it is time to see a doctor if the discomfort is severe and the redness seems to be spreading. Also, if you have diabetes, immediately see your podiatrist. This problem is too risky to treat on your own as it can lead to infection if not treated properly.
Cutting your toenails incorrectly, such as not straight across or too short can cause the toenail to grow into the side of your toe flesh. Injuring your toenail can also lead to the development of an ingrown toenail as well as wearing shoes that have a narrow toe-box and crowd the toenail area. It is possible that unusually curved toenails can cause chronic ingrown toenails.
Infection is a common complication with ingrown toenails. It is possible that the ingrown toenail can affect the underlying bone and lead to a serious bone infection. Again, if you are diabetic, complications can be particularly severe, which may cause poor blood flow and damage to the nerves in your feet.
Get Treated Today
The Westwood Foot Clinic is the premiere foot care center in Golden Valley, MN and will help you alleviate this painful toenail condition. We serve residents of the Minneapolis area including Plymouth, New Hope, Hopkins as well as many others. Call 763-231-2341 or click here and schedule your consultation with Dr. Thomas Silver today! Same and next day appointments are often available.
By Dr. Thomas Silver