An ingrown toenail can be difficult to ignore, the discomfort can greatly affect your everyday activities, and if it is severe enough you should absolutely not ignore it. An ingrown toenail can become infected if it is not treated in time, and while you can sometimes treat it yourself, if the condition is mild, you should seek help from your Evansville, IN, podiatrist, especially if you suffer from diabetes or limited movement. Learn more by reaching out to Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer of Reisinger Farmer Podiatry.
You can visibly spot an ingrown toenail as it begins to grow into the surrounding skin, though eventually, you'll often also feel it. Depending on the stage of growth the pain may be severe even without pressure.
In the earliest stages, you may notice the skin next to the nail becoming swollen and tender. The skin becomes more sensitive and discomfort grows as the infection progresses.
You can sometimes treat an ingrown toenail at home, but only in its early stages and when the nail hasn't pierced the skin or caused an infection.
The most recommended treatment is soaking your feet in warm water a few times a day, it can include taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Evansville, IN
If after at-home care treatments you still cannot safely and painlessly trim back the nail, if the problem recurs, or if you suffer from diabetes, you need to see your podiatrist right away. Your doctor may perform either a partial or complete nail removal to relieve the inflammation and prevent it from happening again. A complete nail removal, though it takes some time for it to grow back, allows you to begin anew with a healthy nail.
If you need help dealing with an ingrown toenail you can schedule a consultation with your Evansville, IN, podiatrist. Make an appointment with Dr. Reisinger and Dr. Farmer of Reisinger Farmer Podiatry by dialing (812) 421-8555.