Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Albuquerque, NM

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails often are the result of trimming your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes.

While they are very common, ingrown toenails can also be very painful. When trimming your nails, avoid tapering the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. The sides of the nail will curl down and dig into your skin, and that is why it is called an “ingrown nail”. Shoes that are too tight or short also may cause ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails 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 Toenail Treatment Options

Soaking your foot in warm, soapy water several times each day can prove to be a good way to treat an ingrown nail, but we recommend that you visit our Albuquerque foot clinics and let our foot specialists determine the best course of treatment for your condition. If left untreated, or treated improperly, an ingrown toenail can become very infected and painful.

Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if an infection is present. Part of your ingrown toenail may need to be surgically removed if an acute infection occurs. The ingrown toeanil surgery procedure involves injecting the toe with an anesthetic and cutting out the ingrown part of the toenail.

You can also help to prevent ingrown toenails by:

  • Trimming your toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
  • Ensuring that your shoes and socks are not too tight.
  • Keeping your feet clean at all times.

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