An ingrown toenail is a nail whose corners or sides have grown in such a way that they’re digging painfully into the soft tissue of your nail grooves, causing irritation, redness, and swelling.
Ingrown toenails can be caused by:
In addition to irritation, redness, and swelling, you may also experience:
You can first try to treat your toenail at home by soaking your foot in warm salt water, applying an antiseptic, and then bandaging the toe. Patients with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders, however, should avoid self-treatment.
If soaking your foot does not work —pain and swelling persists for at least a week—or if self-care is not recommended because of a compromised immune system, you should call your podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Del Monte can remove the ingrown portion of the nail and prescribe a topical cream or oral medication to treat the infection.
You may remove any bandages the day after your procedure. You should also continue to clean the area and/or soak it in Epsom salts or soap twice a day for up to two weeks. This will help to prevent further infection. Wearing open-toed or loose-fitting shoes can also help to relieve pressure to the toe while it’s still healing.
If you or a family member are experiencing pain from an ingrown toenail and at-home treatment is not working, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Del Monte at Del Monte Podiatry.
At Del Monte Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. We don't currently accept Aetna at this time. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Aetna: Please note that we are NOT in network with Aetna. We do NOT accept Aetna at this time.
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