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Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Bradenton, FL & Sarasota, University Park, FL, & Ellenton, FL

If you feel throbbing and pain in your toe and notice some swelling and redness, you might have an ingrown toenail. Since a lingering ingrown toenail can quickly turn into a serious infection, the expert team at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists can treat your toe at their offices in Ellenton, University Park and Bradenton, Florida. Rather than living another day with the discomfort from an ingrown toenail, get relief by scheduling an exam. Call the office or request your appointment online today.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What causes an ingrown toenail?

In most cases, ingrown toenails develop gradually because of the way you trim your nails. For instance, if you tear your toenails, cut them too short, or round out the edges, as your toenail grows, it irritates your skin and starts growing into your skin. With each passing day, the affected nail becomes more and more ingrown.

Although improper pedicure techniques are often the leading cause of ingrown toenails, these aren’t the only risk factors. You may regularly suffer from ingrown toenails due to:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Overly curved nail shape
  • Snug-fitting or pointy shoes

Whether you’re experiencing an ingrown toenail for the first time, or if they seem to come back over and over, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms and start treatment before your ingrown toenail becomes infected.

Is an ingrown toenail painful?

Yes, and usually, throbbing pain is one of the first issues associated with an ingrown toenail. Because an ingrown toenail worsens day by day as your nail continues to grow, not only is your pain likely to progress, you’re probably also going to experience:

  • Redness
  • Inflammation
  • Oozing pus

Ingrown toenails most commonly develop on your big toe. Technically, any of your toenails can become ingrown on one or both sides. Before your ingrown toenail becomes severely infected — which can lead to a dangerous bone infection — or before it gets too painful to slip on shoes, schedule an evaluation at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists.

When do I need to see a doctor about an ingrown toenail?

You should never try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own, especially if it continues coming back. Digging into your skin and trying to remove the ingrown part of your toenail on your own isn’t just excruciatingly painful – it can also open you up to developing a more severe infection and even delay your healing.

At Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, your doctor can treat your ingrown toenail right in the office, so you can get instant relief. They gently numb your toe, remove the ingrown part of your toenail, and treat any underlying infection.

Schedule your ingrown toenail evaluation at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists today by calling the office nearest you or requesting your visit online.