Ingrown Toenails

Is an ingrown toenail causing pain and interfering with your daily life? Dr. Douglas Milch at Asheville Podiatry Associates in Asheville, NC, offer ingrown toenail treatment to help bring you relief.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot problems that people deal with. They occur when, instead of growing straight out, the corners or sides of the nail grow into the surrounding soft tissue. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and, at times infections. Below, Dr. Milch at Asheville Podiatry Associates in Asheville, NC, share what causes this abnormal growth pattern and how ingrown toenail treatment with your podiatrist can help.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

For some people, ingrown toenails are simply due to genetics, usually meaning the toenail is a bit too big for the nail bed. More often, however, they are caused by poor habits or improper foot care.

For example, wearing shoes that crowd the toes causes too much pressure and can impact how nails form. Trimming nails too short or at a curve can cause them to grow into the sides. Physical trauma, such as stubbing your toe, can also be the culprit.

How Ingrown Toenails Are Treated

You can often get relief from ingrown toenails by soaking your feet with warm water and applying an antiseptic. However, anything beyond this should be performed by your podiatrist.

Your podiatrist will take a good look at your toe and provide a proper assessment. They’ll then determine the best course of action.

If an infection is present, medication will be provided to fight it. In some cases, your podiatrist can simply lift the toenail to encourage proper growth. However, if your condition is more severe, removing all or part of the toenail might be necessary. This can be done in the office, so you can go home that day.

Your podiatrist can also work with you to determine how the ingrown toenail formed. They can then help determine the best way to prevent one from occurring again.

Visit Dr. Milch at Asheville Podiatry Associates in Asheville, NC, for effective ingrown toenail treatment. Call (828) 252-9424 to schedule an appointment today.

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