Ingrown Toenail

Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic

Alex Yanovskiy, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Des Plaines, IL

If you feel throbbing and pain in your toe and notice some swelling and redness, you might have an ingrown toenail. Since a lingering ingrown toenail can quickly turn into a serious infection, Alex Yanovskiy, DPM, of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic can treat your toe right in the office. Rather than living another day with ingrown toenail discomfort, get relief by scheduling an exam at this Des Plaines, Illinois, podiatry practice. Book your visit online or over the phone.

Ingrown Toenail

Why do I have an ingrown toenail?

In most cases, ingrown toenails develop gradually because of the way you trim your nails. For instance, if you tear your toenails, cut them too short, or round out the edges, as your toenail grows, it irritates your skin and starts growing into your skin. With each passing day, the affected nail becomes more and more ingrown.

Although improper pedicure techniques are often the leading cause of ingrown toenails, these aren’t the only risk factors. You may regularly suffer from ingrown toenails due to:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Overly curved nail shape
  • Snug-fitting or pointy shoes

Whether you’re experiencing an ingrown toenail for the first time, or if they seem to come back over and over, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms and start treatment before your ingrown toenail becomes infected.

  

Is an ingrown toenail painful?

Yes and usually throbbing pain is one of the first issues associated with an ingrown toenail. Because an ingrown toenail worsens day by day as your nail continues to grow, not only is your pain likely to progress, you’re probably also going to experience:

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Oozing pus

Ingrown toenails most commonly develop on your big toe. Technically, any of your toenails can become ingrown on one or both sides. Before your ingrown toenail becomes severely infected — which can lead to a dangerous bone infection — or before it gets too painful to slip on shoes, schedule an evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic.

 

Can I treat an ingrown toenail on my own?

You should never try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own, especially if it continues coming back. Digging into your skin and trying to remove the ingrown part of your toenail on your own isn’t just excruciatingly painful, it can also open you up to developing a more severe infection and even delay your healing.

At Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Yanovskiy treats your ingrown toenail right in the office, so you can get instant relief. He gently numbs your toe, removes the ingrown part of your toenail, and treats any underlying infection. Plus, if you keep struggling with ingrown toenails because of your inherited nail shape, Dr. Yanovskiy can even remove your entire toenail and use a chemical or laser to permanently stop future growth.

Schedule your ingrown toenail evaluation at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic today. Click on the online scheduler, or call the office directly.