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Ingrown Toenail

Apple Podiatry Group

Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Arlington, Fort Worth, & Flower Mound, TX

If your toe feels like it’s throbbing and appears a little red next to your nail, you may have an ingrown toenail. With the help of expert podiatrists Jarna Rathod-Bhatt, DPM, and Rahul Bhatt, DPM, you can get fast and effective ingrown toenail relief at Apple Podiatry Group. The practice has state-of-the-art locations in Arlington, Flower Mound, so you have an office nearby to get the ingrown toenail treatment you need quickly. Book your ingrown toenail exam online or call either location directly.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

Why do I have an ingrown toenail?

A toenail becomes ingrown when it starts growing into the skin surrounding your nail, leading to serious inflammation and irritation. Any of your toenails can become ingrown, but this painful condition usually affects your big toe.

In many cases, ingrown toenails occur because you cut your toenails too short, round out the edges, or tear your toenail. Sometimes, an ingrown toenail is linked to:

  • Inherited curved nail shape
  • Injury, like stubbing your toe
  • Having diabetes or being overweight
  • Participating in regular sports or exercise

You can even struggle with ingrown toenails if you wear snug-fitting shoes that cause your toes to squish.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail can be a minor uncomfortable nuisance or it can turn into a serious painful infection. When your toenail becomes ingrown, you may experience:

  • Throbbing or shooting pains
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Oozing pus or drainage
  • Severe tenderness

If left untreated, ingrown toenails can turn into such a severe infection that your underlying bones become infected. Before your ingrown toenail progresses any further, schedule an evaluation at Apple Podiatry Group.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

The compassionate podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group perform in-office ingrown toenail procedures for children, teens, and adults. They specialize in gentle ingrown toenail treatments that cause little to no discomfort.

Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, your dedicated podiatrist may:

  • Place a splint under your toenail to encourage it to grow away from your skin
  • Trim away the ingrown part of your toenail or remove the toenail entirely
  • Treat the underlying infection and bandage your toe
  • Counsel you on how to care for your treated toe

Because your toe is numbed for your ingrown toenail procedure, you shouldn’t feel a thing. If you have a severe infection, your podiatrist at Apple Podiatry Group may send you home with a prescription for antibiotics. In most cases, you or your child can return to your regular activities the following day.

Contact Apple Podiatry Group to book your ingrown toenail evaluation before your infection gets any worse. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.