Ingrown toenails aren’t just a sore and unsightly nuisance; they can become seriously infected. If you have an ingrown toenail, board-certified podiatrist David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute can treat you right in the office. Book your ingrown toenail exam at this South Ogden, Utah, based podiatric clinic by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office and speak directly with a team member.
Ingrown Toenail Q & A
Why do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails develop gradually as your nail grows and digs into your delicate skin tissue that surrounds your nail bed. The most common culprit of ingrown toenails is improper nail trimming where you round your nails or tear them, rather than cutting straight across. But you can also develop ingrown toenails due to:
- Nail trauma
- Wearing snug-fitting shoes
- Inherited curved nail shape
Plus, if you have a history of nail fungus, your nails can become abnormally brittle and misshapen. This can increase your risk of developing an ingrown toenail even more.
What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail can cause severe pain and swelling in the affected area — this can occur on one or both sides of your nail bed. While ingrown toenails most commonly occur in your big toe, any of your toenails can become ingrown and lead to the following issues:
- Visible pus
If your ingrown toenail is associated with toenail fungus, you might also notice that your nails are turning yellowish or whitish in color. Before your ingrown toenail or fungal nail infection gets any worse, see how Dr. Glover at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute can help.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Your ingrown toenail treatment plan at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute is tailored to you. For minor ingrown toenail issues, Dr. Glover may need to place a small temporary splint under your nail to encourage your nail to grow out and away from your skin.
For more severe or infected ingrown toenails, Dr. Glover may need to numb your toe and trim away the affected part of your nail. If you continue developing ingrown toenails though, he might suggest removing the entire nail and using a laser or chemical solution to treat the underlying nail bed to prevent future nail growth altogether.
If you also have a nail fungus infection, Dr. Glover provides gentle laser treatments with the revolutionary HyperBlue® PLUS FDA-cleared system. HyperBlue laser energy beams use gentle heat to destroy fungal organisms, without affecting healthy tissue.
Because you have direct access to state-of-the-art ingrown toenail and nail fungus treatments at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, you can expect effective relief.
Before your ingrown toenail worsens, book an evaluation and start treatment at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute. Schedule online or over the phone.
Do I need surgery for bunions?
Possibly, although bunion surgery is almost always the last resort for treatment. During bunion surgery, Dr. Glover uses minimally invasive measures to realign your toe joint and carefully remove or repair damaged tissues. Bunion surgery is the ideal way to permanently correct your bunion and relieve chronic discomfort.
Schedule your bunion evaluation at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute before your bunion discomfort worsens. Book online or over the phone.