Common Foot Problems:
- Heel spurs
- Ingrown Toenails
- Foot Injuries
- Plantar Fascitis
- Flat feet
Ingrown toenails, the most common nail impairment, is a condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh of the nail groove, often causing irritation, redness, and swelling.
Although toenails normally grow straight out, sometimes one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. Most commonly an issue of the big toe, other toes can also become affected.
Ingrown toenail start out hard, swollen and tender, and later, may become sore, red and infected. Your skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail.
Ingrown toenails may be caused by:
Improperly trimmed nails (Cutting your toenails too short or not straight across)
Shoe pressure (Wearing shoes that are too tight and crowd your toenails)
Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities
People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self treatment and seek help from one of our podiatrists who can diagnose the ailment, and then prescribe medication or another appropriate treatment.
One of our doctors will trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail and may prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat the infection. If ingrown nails are a chronic problem, our doctors can perform a procedure to permanently prevent ingrown nails. The corner of the nail that ingrows, along with the matrix or root of that piece of nail, are removed permanently.