Most people develop ingrown toenails from time to time, but if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, they can increase your risk of more serious issues. At Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, the team of experienced podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons offers various treatments for ingrown toenails to help you get back on your feet. Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule an ingrown toenail appointment, or book your visit online.
It’s likely. An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the skin around your nail instead of away from your toe.
Ingrown nails can occur on any of your toes, but they’re most common on the big toe. As the nail grows further into your skin, it increases the risk of infection and mobility problems.
Ingrown toenail symptoms include:
Your toe might feel hot or be sensitive to touch, depending on the severity of the ingrowth.
Yes. Make an appointment with the Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team if you have an ingrown toenail that doesn’t improve within a few days. That’s particularly true if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation. Without treatment, an ingrown toenail increases your risk of infection, gangrene, and amputation.
Your Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your toe and toenail. If the skin around your nail is covering the nail or is red and swollen, it’s ingrown.
Your provider might order X-rays if they’re concerned about an infection. X-rays help determine how far the nail grows into your skin and play an essential role in guiding treatment.
The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team treats ingrown toenails using a conservative and evidence-based approach. They might suggest:
If you regularly get ingrown nails on the same toe and have a medical condition like diabetes your provider might recommend removing the nail altogether. This stops the pain and reduces your risk of infection and other complications.
Call the nearest Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office today to schedule ingrown toenail treatment, or book your appointment online.