Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Ingrown toenails are one of the leading causes of foot infections and in many cases, they’re entirely preventable. Before your ingrown toenail worsens — or before another one develops — see what the team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can do for you. Their expert podiatry team at their five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area offers flexible scheduling for ingrown toenail treatments. Schedule your appointment by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling your closest clinic.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails, medically known as onychocryptosis, generally develop on your big toe, although they can certainly occur on any of your toes. When you have an ingrown toenail, the pressure from nail growth forces your toenail to start growing into your skin.

In most cases, men and women develop ingrown toenails due to improper toenail trimming. If you cut your toenails too short, tear them, or trim them to follow the natural curve of your nail bed, you risk having one ingrown. You may also be more likely to develop an ingrown toenail because of:

  • Toenail trauma or injury
  • Overly curved toenail shape
  • Tight or snug footwear

Without proper treatment, your ingrown toenail can become inflamed, red and tender, and even severely infected.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Blood flow is limited in your feet, just because your circulatory system has to work against the force of gravity. Because of this, it takes longer to recover from injuries and infections on your feet than it does in other areas, which is why you need to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail.

They can help treat your nail before it gets infected or help resolve an infection that’s already developing. Conservative treatments for ingrown toenails include:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water with Epsom salt
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics (for infections)
  • Wearing shoes with plenty of wiggle room for your toes

If you have a deep infection, severe pain, or if your ingrown toenail keeps recurring, your dedicated practitioner at Hoosier Foot & Ankle may perform surgery to correct it. Ingrown toenail surgery — which is performed right in the office — involves thoroughly numbing your affected toe and carefully removing the part of your toenail that’s ingrown. You might need to have the entire nail removed if ingrown toenails keep coming back.

Can I prevent ingrown toenails?

While you might just be prone to developing ingrown toenails because of your nail shape, you can do several things to decrease your risk of future problems. For instance, you can minimize ingrown toenail issues by trimming your toenails straight across.

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle can also work with you to ensure your footwear isn’t leading to your ingrown toenails. Not only is it important to wear socks that aren’t too tight, you also need to wear shoes that give your toes adequate space. You might even benefit from wearing custom orthotics that can help support your toes and possibly decrease issues with ingrown toenails.

Book your ingrown toenail evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the most convenient office location.

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