When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Treatment?

An ingrown toenail can cause pain, redness, and swelling. Sometimes, these symptoms can be relieved by soaking your feet or cutting your toenails differently. Other times, an ingrown toenail needs medical attention to prevent an infection that could cause serious foot problems.

At Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey, our team of podiatrists can treat your ingrown toenail and provide tips for preventing future ingrowns.  

Ingrown toenail causes

An ingrown toenail occurs when the side or corner of your toenail grows into the skin rather than straight across the nail bed. When the toenail grows down, it can cut into the soft surrounding skin and tissue. This can cause irritation, pain, and redness. Ingrown toenails most often develop in big toes, and they can develop in people of any age.

Here are some risk factors for developing ingrown toenails.

DIY toenail treatment

If you suffer from a slightly ingrown toenail that doesn’t seem infected, soak your foot in warm water with Epsom salts. Soak up to three times a day for 20 minutes each. Apply an antibiotic ointment or cream to help reduce the risk of infection and speed healing. If pain persists, try an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

When an ingrown toenail requires medical treatment

If at-home treatments don’t relieve discomfort from your ingrown toenail, or if the problem keeps coming back, it’s time to seek medical treatment. Signs that your ingrown toenail is becoming infected include:

Please, never attempt to remove your ingrown toenail! This can increase your risk of infection and cause terrible pain.

Treating ingrown toenails is our business. Treatment options include placing a splint under your toenail to prevent it from growing into your skin or removing the part of your toenail that’s ingrown.

We can demonstrate how to trim your nails properly and help you choose different types of shoes that won’t create or exacerbate nail problems. If necessary, we will remove your toenail for a permanent solution.

Do you suffer from an ingrown toenail? Our providers at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey will get you back on your feet quickly. To schedule an appointment, call 856-266-9572, or send us an email.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Difference Between Custom and OTC Orthotics

Pain in your feet makes it difficult to get anything done during the day — especially if you’re up walking around a lot. Orthotics can help, but there’s a big difference between what our experts can offer and the generic options available in stores.

If You Have Diabetes, Your Feet Are in Danger

Do you suffer from diabetes? Have you noticed slow-healing wounds on your feet? Find out why diabetics should always pay attention to their feet, and learn about the treatments available for diabetes-related foot issues.

Your High Heels Could Be Ruining Your Feet

High heels might be the pièce de résistance of your outfit, but are they ruining your feet? Continue reading to learn about the many foot problems that can be attributed to wearing high heels.

Fungal Problems of the Feet: Signs and Treatments

There are two types of fungal problems that can affect your feet — toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Here, we explore the signs of a brewing infection and, more importantly, how we go about remedying the issues.

Ankle Injuries: When Is It Time to See a Podiatrist?

You don’t have to be an athlete or runner to sprain, strain, or fracture your ankle. Women, men, and children of all ages can — and do — injure this essential joint. If you’ve twisted or rolled your ankle, should you see a podiatrist? That depends.