Warmer weather is here in the Houston area! Are your toenails healthy and in good condition for spring and summer footwear? If not, it is time to be proactive and get the treatment you need. Out of the many conditions that affects the toenails, ingrown toenails are one of the most painful and irritating issues that can make everyday activities difficult. However, with proper treatment by an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Gabriel Maislos at Houston Foot & Ankle Care, you can achieve healthier and stronger nails.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the toenail grows into the soft nail border. It occurs most often on the big toe, but can occur on any of the other toes as well. When the nail digs into the flesh, it can cause redness, swelling, pain, and progress to an infection especially if a wound is created.
Ingrown toenails can be hereditary, congenital, or be a result of trauma to the nail bed. Nail conditions such as fungal nails can also contribute to ingrown toenails, but the most common reasons are improper nail trimming and wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Non-surgical treatments may work for mild cases:
- Wearing shoes with a large toe box
- Foot soaks 3-4 times a day
- Keeping toenail clean
- Inserting sterile material between the flesh and toenail
In severe or stubborn cases, it may be necessary to surgically remove part of the nail margin and nail root to alleviate pain and swelling. Once the nail margin heals, a narrower nail will grow to replace the former nail. For those who have diabetes and are at higher risk for infections and other complications, it is imperative to have a skilled podiatrist treat your toenail. Dr. Gabriel Maislos is a board-certified podiatrist and surgeon with multiple certifications to help patients all over the Southwest Houston area. Whether it’s a nail condition, sports injury, or heel pain, Dr. Maislos is qualified to address your individual needs. Please contact us or call us at (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment!