Ingrown Toenails Specialist

About Feet Podiatry Center

Podiatry located in Exton, PA

Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) commonly lead to pain, redness, and inflammation. Since ingrown toenails can become seriously infected, the board-certified podiatrists provide in-office ingrown toenail removal at About Feet Podiatry Center in Exton, Pennsylvania. If you have an ingrown toenail, contact the clinic right away. You can conveniently schedule either online or over the phone.

Ingrown Toenails Q&A

Why do I get ingrown toenails? 

Ingrown toenails usually develop when you trim your toenails too short or round off the edges. Any of your toenails can become ingrown, but in most cases, it’s the sides of your big toes that are affected.

Your risk of struggling with an ingrown toenail also increases due to:

  • Wearing tight or snug shoes or socks
  • Skipping socks while wearing shoes
  • Having a fungus toenail infection

It’s also possible that your ingrown toenail issues are associated with inherited traits. Poor foot structure or abnormally curved nails can contribute to ingrown toenail development. 

Do I need to see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

Yes! The concern with ingrown toenails is that they’re notorious for leading to serious infections, which can spread into underlying bones. Plus, if ingrown toenails continue to develop, it’s important to find out why and learn to prevent them.

About Feet Podiatry Center encourages you to have an ingrown toenail evaluation if you experience any of the following issues on one or both sides of any of your nails:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Oozing
  • Bleeding 
  • Tenderness 

You may also notice that your skin starts to pull away from your nail. If any of these ingrown toenail issues are affecting you, the caring team at About Feet Podiatry Center can help. 

How is an ingrown toenail treated? 

The primary treatment for treating an ingrown toenail is removing the ingrown portion. About Feet Podiatry Center focuses on patient comfort and wants to ensure you’re relaxed during your ingrown toenail procedure.

Your podiatrist numbs your toe with a very small injection, which prevents any pain and minimizes postsurgical discomfort. Once your toe is numb, your podiatrist gently trims away the ingrown portion of your toenail and applies a topical antibiotic cream to the infected area. After bandaging your toe, your podiatrist counsels you on how to care for your toe and how to change your dressings as your injury heals.

For more complex ingrown toenails though, surgical removal may be the best solution. Your podiatrist thoroughly numbs your toe for this procedure, too. They carefully loosen surrounding skin and lift away your nail. If you have a history of ingrown toenails, your podiatrist can even treat the growth center to prevent future nail growth. 

About Feet Podiatry Center offers highly effective ingrown toenail treatments right in the office. Get the ingrown toenail relief you deserve by booking an exam online or over the phone today.