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Toenails are relatively small, but they can cause a large amount of pain if they grow into the soft flesh surrounding the nail. This pain can be aggravated by everyday activities like walking or running. Worse, an ingrown toenail may become infected, leading to even more pain and inflammation.
Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain and swelling around the nail, inflamed skin, and signs of infection such as pus. If you have these symptoms or any kind of toe pain, it’s important to see a foot and ankle specialist right away so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before it gets worse. This is essential for everyone, but especially concerning for people with diabetes, who are at higher risk of foot infections.
Dr. Elizabeth Auger, DPM, has been treating ankle and foot difficulties for more than 24 years following extensive training and education. Dr. Auger belongs to the College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is Board Certified in Podiatric Medicine by The American Board of Lower Extremity Surgery. She practices patient-centered, holistic medicine, and is also experienced in helping athletes with lower-extremity injuries, including toe conditions.
If you’re experiencing toe or foot pain, getting a diagnosis and treatment plan right away is necessary to prevent more serious issues. The friendly staff at Dr. Auger’s office are always happy to set up a consultation, and in many cases, same-day appointments are possible.
There are several potential risk factors for developing ingrown toenails:
First, the podiatrist will examine your foot and ask questions about your symptoms and when they started. Toe pain is common and may be caused by other conditions, so your foot specialist will want to be sure about the diagnosis. Usually, a physical examination is all that’s needed, but in a few cases, the doctor might want to order tests or X-rays to rule out other conditions that could co–occur with an ingrown nail. If the toe shows signs of serious infection around the nail, the podiatrist may want to take a culture or an X-ray to learn more about the infection or if it has spread.
There are several treatment options for ingrown toenails, and the doctor will recommend a course of treatment based on your medical history and the severity of your ingrown toenail. Here are some common treatments:
After any of these procedures, your podiatrist will instruct you on caring for the toe. Depending on the situation, they may prescribe antibiotics or other medication to apply or give you directions about cleaning. The doctor may also schedule follow-up appointments, especially if you have diabetes or there is another reason to be concerned about infection or difficulties with healing after the procedure.
No, this is not a good solution. Unfortunately, many people who try to trim an ingrown nail on their own actually make the problem worse or increase the risk of infection. If your nail is inflamed and you suspect it’s ingrown, please seek professional help from a podiatrist.
After implementing a treatment plan, your podiatrist may recommend lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of recurrence. Here are some suggestions the foot specialist might have based on your particular circumstances:
When you have toe or foot pain or suspect an ingrown nail, please contact the office of Dr. Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM, for a consultation. We’ll schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible – in many cases, we can fit you in on the same day. Dr. Auger will carefully examine your foot and diagnose the problem, then recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
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