Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Coastal Podiatry

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Mount Pleasant, SC & Moncks Corner, SC

Ingrown toenails can be an annoyance as they cause pain, irritation, and sometimes even infection. It is important to practice good daily foot care to avoid the frustration caused by this foot condition. Coastal Podiatry can help people in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina suffering from ingrown toenails.

Ingrown Toenail Q&A

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

When the nail of the toe grows into the flesh, it creates an ingrown toenail. This is a very common complaint and can usually be treated at home. Typical symptoms of an ingrown toenail include pain or tenderness along the nail, redness near the nail, and swelling on top of the toe. If there are additional symptoms, or you notice something more aggressive such as pus draining or redness and swelling of more than just the tip of your toe, you might have an infection. If this is the case, you should visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a number of different reasons. They can result from wearing shoes that crowd your toes causing your nails to grow improperly. Maybe you have sustained an injury to your nail. One of the most common reasons for a nail to grow into your skin is because you cut it incorrectly. It is very important to take care of your feet daily to keep them from harm. This becomes even more important if you have diabetes, as you are at a higher risk of developing an infection, which can be very dangerous for a diabetic.

How are Ingrown Toenails Treated?

Treating a troublesome nail can usually be done at home with conservative treatment. Start with soaking your feet in warm water for 10 – 15 minutes. Afterward, gently pull back the skin from the nail and use a piece of dental floss as a cushion between nail and skin. This practice may be necessary several times before you see a difference. At the conclusion, apply an antibacterial ointment to avoid infection. If you have an ingrown toenail that just will not heal or becomes infected, you should call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell at Coastal Podiatry to schedule an appointment. They will be able to lift the nail, remove the nail (partially or completely), and/or prescribe antibiotics for a nail that has become infected.

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