Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin, often causing infection. Ingrown toenails most often affect your big toe. Those with diabetes or vascular problems who have an ingrown nail should seek treatment right away, as complications could arise rapidly. If your toenails become painful or infected, contact our office immediately. Treating painful feet is a priority in our practice. Same-day appointments are available and only require your request for urgent care when speaking to our receptionist. Here at NOPA, we are here to get your feet back on the street without missing a beat!
Causes of Ingrown Nails
- Fungal infection
- Improper nail trimming
- Injuring or stubbing your toe
- Poor foot structure
- Pressure caused by ill-fitting shoes
Symptoms of Ingrown Nails
- Pus drainage
- Redness and swelling
Treatments for Ingrown Nails
- Oral or topical medication to prevent medication (Note: Please consult a physician before taking any medication.)
- Removal of the ingrown portion of the nail*
- The only home remedy we recommend is soaking your foot in warm water before applying an antiseptic and bandage. An ingrown nail needs to be treated by a podiatrist.
*New Orleans Podiatry Associates can often remove an ingrown nail on the same day of your appointment. For children who need to have an ingrown nail removed, NOPA can offer a mild, anti-anxiety medication that the parent can administer 30 minutes before the procedure, which we could perform as soon as the next day after your original appointment. Alternately, the procedure can occur at an outpatient facility where a twilight anesthesia may be used.
Prevention of Ingrown Nails
- Avoid ripping or tearing the edges of your nails
- Using proper toenail clippers, trim your toenails straight across and slightly longer than the end of your toe
- Wear properly fitting shoes that have pointed or narrow toe boxes