When to see a podiatrist for your ingrown toenails
An ingrown toenail will happen to most of us at some point. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, resulting in pain, swelling, and redness. Of course, this problem is usually minor and may even recover on its own; however, there are instances when the problem may require further attention and treatment. Wondering when you should turn to a podiatrist for ingrown toenail treatment? You should give us a call if,
Home Care isn’t Providing Relief
If you don’t notice pain, swelling, or other symptoms of your ingrown toenail improving after a week of at-home care, or it’s getting worse, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can provide a variety of options depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail. Sometimes, we can simply lift part of the nail away from the skin using a cotton pad, while in other cases we may recommend removing part of the affected toenail to provide relief.
You Notice Signs of an Infection
While it’s normal to feel a little tenderness, redness, or swelling where the nail is digging into the skin it’s also important to recognize when these are signs of an infection. You may be dealing with an infected ingrown toenail if you feel or notice,
- Throbbing pain
- Severe redness or hardening of the affected skin
- Fluid or pus draining from the nail
- Pressure under the nail
- A foul odor
You Have Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic condition that can also cause serious complications for the feet if ingrown toenails aren’t properly treated. Since people who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing these kinds of foot problems and are also more likely to develop infections as a result, it’s particularly important that you call your podiatrist right away if you develop an ingrown toenail. We can provide you with the treatment you need to prevent infections and other serious complications.
If you are dealing with any of the situations above, then it’s best to play it safe and to visit with your foot doctor for care. Dr. Kenneth Passeri provides comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients living in and around San Mateo and San Ramon, CA. To schedule an appointment please call (650) 342-5733 or (925) 829-4641.