Evaluation and Treatment
Ingrown toenails, where the toenail begins to grow into the skin surrounding it, often begin as nothing but a nuisance. Unfortunately, they can lead to infection and pain if not properly treated. Infected ingrown toenails are especially dangerous if you have diabetes or vascular disease. If you are experiencing pain, redness or infection around the toenail, we offer same day appointments for evaluation and treatment.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails are common, and can be caused by everything from trauma to genetic factors. A common risk factor for ingrown nails is toenail fungus which causes nails to become thick, abnormally shaped and to grow inward.
Ingrown toenails are characterized by pain, swelling, redness and a feeling of warmth in the affected toe. If the nail digs into the flesh around the nail and causes the skin to break, bacteria can enter, resulting in an infection. The infection can increase the level of pain in the toe and create additional problems such as
- Pus drainage
- Redness and swelling
Treatment often consists of an in-office procedure called a matrixectomy to remove the ingrown portion of the nail. The physician visit for an ingrown toenail removal consists of approximately thirty minutes. The actual procedure to remove the ingrown portion takes about five minutes to perform and approximately four weeks to heal. Often, antibiotics are prescribed to control infection.
If you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes, you should see your podiatrist at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. Whatever you do, do not attempt to cut the nail free your own! This can worsen the infection, or create one where there wasn’t one before.
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The Fine Print
* Patients who are insured with a health insurance policy are ineligible for the sale. These prices pertain to those who do not have health insurance coverage and are considered self pay patients. The purchase of a post-op kit priced at $45.00 is required. Some patients will be prescribed an antibiotic for which they will be required to pay a pharmacy the cost. Sale includes two post-operative follow up visits. Additional, related visits are charged at $50.00 per visit.