If you’ve ever had ingrown toenails, you know how aggravating they can be.
If you live in Chicago, IL and are suffering from ingrown toenails, it might be a good idea to contact a qualified, experienced podiatrist, like those on staff at Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. While ingrown toenails are not fatal, they are often painful and if left untreated or if improperly treated, the condition can easily progress from annoying to serious.
Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail, generally the nail of the big toe, grow into the soft tissue of the nail bed. This can result in pain, swelling and infection. For some people, such as people with diabetes, the situation can become serious quickly. In severe cases, it could lead to surgical procedures, up to and including amputations.
Common causes of ingrown toenails include injuries to the toenail, wearing shoes that cramp your toenails, not cutting toenails straight across and having unusually curved toenails.
Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for ingrown toenails, some of which are simple and can be done at home. Home and lifestyle remedies can include but are not limited to the following:
- Choosing sensible footwear
- Cutting your toenails straight across
- Soaking your feet for 15-20 minutes, 1-2 times a day in warm soapy water
If your condition becomes more severe, or if you are prone to more serious complications, such as can occur due to diabetes, you should see your qualified Chicago podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists. The doctor might consider any of several options, including but not limited to:
- Trimming the nail or part of the nail
- Removing the ingrown portion of the nail and soft bed tissue.
- Permanent removal of the ingrown portion of the
- Your doctor might also prescribe stronger antibiotics and pain medications.
If you live in Chicago, IL and are seeking treatment options for ingrown toenails, consider contacting Associated Podiatrists, LTD. For more information call (773)202-8800 or visit the website at www.aplfeet.com.