FAQ - Ingrown Toenails
Do I need to see a podiatrist for ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails can be painful, but do you really need to seek a doctor’s help? The answer is a resounding yes! You should absolutely see a podiatrist for ingrown toenails. If left untreated, infection can set in, causing redness, swelling and throbbing pain. Anytime an infection is neglected, it can lead to bigger and even more painful problems. Caught early enough, though, treatment can be as minor as soaking your toe and applying medication. Wait too long, and surgery may be required. So at the first onset of toenail trouble, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist right away, especially if you have diabetes, which can make you more susceptible to infection.
Avoid ingrown toenails by wearing properly-fitted shoes and trimming nails straight across. If you do end up with this painful condition, get to Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Newark, Wilmington or Glasgow DE, or call 302-623-4250 to make an appointment with Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. today.
Are ingrown toenails painful?
Ingrown toenails are most commonly seen on the big toe. They result from the nail growing into the side of your nail bed, which is soft and fleshy. Are ingrown toenails painful? Yes, they can be. Most ingrown nails result in redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes even infection. They sometimes heal on their own, or they can be treated at home. If the pain in your toes becomes severe or spreads throughout the foot, contact our office. The appearance of yellow drainage and pus means that the nail is infected and needs to be seen.
Don't leave your feet at risk. Contact the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Delaware, today if your ingrown nail is painful. Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. will explain home remedies, treat it, or even recommend surgery if it is very severe. Call us at (302) 623-4250 or visit us online to schedule your appointment.