Why should you choose Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM? Dr. Auger founded her practice in order to offer holistic and patient-centered care; focusing on prevention and treatment of injuries and diseases which impact the feet, ankles, and legs.
Until your mobility is impacted, you may not take notice of conditions that can develop into serious issues. For instance, ingrown toenails in Sandy are unfortunately common occurrences, as we are active outdoor people who love our mountains and fresh air. Dr. Auger herself is a local athlete who regularly participates in hiking and snowshoeing with her border collies.
What Exactly are Ingrown Toenails?
The most obvious sign of an ingrown toenail is that it has grown where it does not belong. In the early stages, the skin next to the nail becomes swollen, tender, hard, and painful with pressure — most often on the big toe. Home remedies may work; soaking in warm water for 15 minutes a few times each day, applying a topical antibiotic ointment, and letting the nail grow out.
If the condition progresses into an infection you will notice the toenail growing outside the nail bed, and cutting into the adjacent skin. The new symptoms can include consistent pain, bleeding, oozing of pus and skin overgrowth around the affected toe. Now you will need to see your local podiatrist — the sooner the better. If you have ingrown toenails in Sandy, we have 3 locations open for same-day appointments for your convenience.
How Might I Have Contributed to This Condition?
There are 2 primary causes of ingrown toenails — a toe injury, and continually wearing inappropriate footwear for the sport in which you have decided to participate.
Obviously, athletes will be more susceptible to this condition, as will be seniors or individuals with thick or curved toenails.
Asking for a pedicure with the ‘rounded’ shape is a big problem waiting to happen. Likewise, using a pair of your own scissors to trim back an invasive nail can be the beginning of ingrown toenails. Finally, not seeing your local podiatrist soon enough can trigger a dangerous infection.
How Does Dr. Auger Treat Ingrown Toenails in Sandy?
If the toenail appears to be infected, an x-ray may be necessary — in order to see just how deeply the nail has grown into the skin. Dr. Auger will use conservative methods of treatment (antibiotics, pain medication, bandaging) if these will still work.
If your condition has progressed further, there are varied types of surgery, the main ones being: a) a partial nail removal where the toe is numbed with medication, and the nail is then narrowed, b) the total nail is removed, following a local pain injection; this method may be necessary when an ingrown nail is caused by thickening.
New Patients are Always Welcome!
We are in the Canyons Medical Center building (previously a bank) across the street from Sandy Senior Citizen Center, and just south of Dairy Queen.