Many of our patients at OC Foot & Ankle have come to our podiatrist for treatment of ingrown nails. Ingrown toenails are caused by the growth of the toenail into the surrounding nail fold. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the site. Chronic, painful ingrown toenails can usually be treated, permanently, with a simple procedure at our Tustin podiatry office that prevents the regrowth of the ingrown portion of the nail.
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions we see in our offices. This condition may seem simple enough, but in actuality has sidelined many a person from his or her daily activities. This condition occurs when the nail plate is too large for the bed and one (or both) sides are pressing into the skin. Ingrown nails can result from several possible causes such as improper cutting, abnormal nail structure and localized injury to the plate. The appearance of the toe involved may range from a sensitive redness and slight inflammation to a full-blown infection of the toe with pus and bleeding usually evident. Antibiotic medication, disinfectant soaks, and inactivity may help alleviate the pain, but are not the total solution. In-office surgery from our Tustin podiatry expert is often necessary to alleviate the pain and remove the offending nail border. Depending on the severity and duration of the infection, the nail may be partially or completely removed via matrixectomy (destruction of the cells that grow the nail). Patients are given a local anesthetics and procedures takes approximately fifteen minutes. Patients may be given an oral antibiotic following the procedure and appropriate after-care instructions.
The goals of treatment for ingrown nails revolve around fast pain relief and prevention of future complications. You can prevent ingrown nails at home with proper and careful trimming of the nail so that it follows the fleshy curve at the end of the toe. If you are experiencing inflammation and pain that is not alleviated with at-home treatments, then it is especially important for you to contact our Tustin podiatry at OC Foot & Ankle today for treatment. Let us help you get back on your feet.