Ingrown Toenails

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

An ingrown toenail is a painful condition that occurs when the edges of your toenail grow into the surrounding skin. At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, the team offers safe and effective treatment for patients of all ages. The board-certified podiatry team uses the latest treatments and technologies to help you achieve a swift and successful recovery. To speak with a podiatrist about your ingrown toenail, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Ingrown Toenails

What causes ingrown toenails?

An ingrown toenail occurs when a toenail is abnormally curved and digs into the nearby soft tissue. The most common cause of an ingrown toenail is improper trimming. 

Trimming your nails to match the curve at the front of your toe can cause your nail to dig into your skin as it regrows. You should make sure to trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting your nails too short or leaving them too long. 

Ingrown toenails can also be caused by toe injuries or wearing tight-fitting shoes that crowd your toenails. Some people are more prone to ingrown toenails because of the abnormal curvature of their toenails. 

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain and tenderness

As the nail grows into your soft tissue, it can cause a great deal of inflammation and discomfort. In some cases, an ingrown toenail can lead to an infection of the tissues surrounding your nail.

Foot problems like ingrown toenails are especially dangerous for people with underlying conditions, for example, diabetes or neuropathy. 

If you experience symptoms of an ingrown toenail, the foot health experts at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano can get you started on the path to quick and effective relief. 

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your ingrown toenail. Before determining the right treatment for your condition, your doctor performs a physical exam to check for signs of inflammation and infection. 

If your condition is mild, your doctor may use a splint to lift the edge of the ingrown nail. If your condition is more severe, your doctor may perform a simple procedure to remove the ingrown portion of your nail. 

For cases of repeated ingrown toenails, your doctor may remove the ingrown portion of your nail along with the underlying tissue. 

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano uses the latest techniques and technologies to achieve the best outcome for each patient. If you suffer from a painful ingrown toenail, book an appointment with the team of foot health experts by phone or online today.