An ingrown toenail can be extremely painful, so getting fast foot care is essential. At Gentle Foot and Ankle Care, in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township, and South Lyon, Michigan, the team of leading podiatrists offers ingrown toenail appointments within one day or less — and in most cases, they can even see you the same day. Call the office in your area or click the online appointment link to request prompt ingrown toenail help.
An ingrown toenail is a nail — usually on the big toe — that grows into the skin on the side of the toe. Ingrown toenails are a common problem, with 20% of people who seek medical care for foot issues having an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail usually looks red, and the skin may feel particularly hard. You may also notice significant swelling. Ingrown toenails are frequently uncomfortable, especially when wearing tight shoes.
If untreated, an ingrown toenail can develop an infection. This can greatly worsen symptoms, often causing pain, increased swelling, severe redness, hotness, and pus buildup at the corner of the nail.
Sometimes, with a severe ingrown toenail infection, you may have granulation tissue — new bright red tissue growing over the infected tissue. Granulation tissue can worsen the infection because it traps the bacteria under the skin.
There are a few reasons that ingrown toenails may develop, including:
Some people simply have large nail plates, which increases the chances of ingrowth even if they don't have any external factors that contribute to ingrown toenails.
At Gentle Foot and Ankle Care, the experienced team knows how painful and aggravating ingrown toenails can be. They offer same-day or next-day appointments to treat your ingrown toenails quickly.
The treatment may involve safely lifting the nail out from the skin and splinting to help it grow properly. Home care like soaking your foot in lukewarm soapy water can help also. You may need antibiotics if you have an infection.
Many people with severe ingrown toenails need a simple in-office procedure to remove the embedded corner of the nail.
If your ingrown toenail keeps returning in the same spot, the Gentle Foot and Ankle Care team may recommend a procedure to remove a vertical length of the nail, down to the nail root.
After nail removal, a chemical or laser treatment on that tissue prevents regrowth permanently. The team uses a light touch, so they ensure you're always comfortable during in-office procedures.
To get help for an ingrown toenail, call the Gentle Foot and Ankle Care office or book an appointment online today.