When You Should Seek Professional Help For An Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are common and may not seem like a real podiatric emergency to many people. A condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding tissue, ingrown toenails typically develop as a result of over-trimming the nail, stubbing the toe, wearing shoes with confining toe space, or having a hangnail, among other causes. Although some at-home remedies can help alleviate the pain of an ingrown toenail, it often becomes necessary to seek the help of a professional.

Causes of ingrown toenails

It’s a common belief that ingrown toenails are the result of the nails being cut too short. However, there are several reasons you may develop this painful condition. They include:

Ingrown toenails most commonly develop on the big toe, and can occur on either side of the toe. Sometimes other toes are affected. An ingrown toenail becomes red, swollen, and painful, so it’s best to seek treatment when you first suspect an ingrown toenail.

Risks of untreated ingrown toenails

When you fail to treat an ingrown toenail, you risk infection. Your toe becomes angry and irritated, turning red, swelling, and maybe even producing pus. You’ll likely be in extreme pain, however, if you have diabetic neuropathy or other diseases that cause compromised circulation. Your ingrown toenail may become infected before you’re even aware of your condition.

If you fail to treat your inflamed toe, or seek professional help, you run the risk of the infection spreading to the bone within your toe. This can lead to problems including even the loss of your toe. For those with circulatory issues, diabetes, or a weakened immune system, it’s crucial to treat your ingrown toenail as soon as possible.

Seek treatment for your ingrown toenail

At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, we take your foot health seriously. If you have a painful ingrown toenail, or you’re in one of the risk groups for developing an infection due to your ingrown toenail, don’t wait. Let us treat your ingrown toenail and ease your pain.

Dr. Gabriel Maislos treats individuals from all over the Houston area. For compassionate foot care that goes above and beyond the usual, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care today or use the convenient online booking tool.

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