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You Can’t Always Treat An Ingrown Toenail Yourself
By Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels
March 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

When is it time to pick up the phone and visit us for an ingrown toenail?ingrown toenail

Getting an ingrown toenail can be painful and most certainly a nuisance, but it’s often easy enough to manage your symptoms until the issue heals itself, right? Well, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Our New Braunfels, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James, provide some insight into when an ingrown toenail may be too much to tackle on your own.

Why do ingrown toenails happen?

There are many reasons why you could be dealing with an ingrown toenail. Of course, one of the most common causes is from not trimming your toenail properly. If you trim your nails too short or cut them at a curve (rather than straight) then you may be prone to developing an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can also happen if you’ve recently injured the toe (even stubbing your toe counts) or if the shoes you are wearing are just a little too tight.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

If you have an ingrown toenail the first symptom you may experience is foot pain around the affected nail. The area may also be red, swollen or tender to the touch.

When should I call my New Braunfels, TX, foot doctor?

While soaking the toe and allowing it time to heal (you better stop wearing those tight-fitted shoes during this time!) can often be all that’s needed to manage your symptoms until the nail is healthy again, there are some circumstances that warrant visiting us for care:

  • If soaking the toe in warm water and other at-home measures haven’t improved your symptoms within three days
  • If pain gets worse (this could be a sign of infection)
  • If the toe becomes severely swollen, is warm to the touch or begins to drain pus
  • If you have nerve damage in your feet, diabetes or circulation problems

Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels is dedicated to giving you the foot care you need whenever you need. Whether you are dealing with an ingrown toenail or need diabetic foot care, our New Braunfels, TX, foot specialists are here for you!

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