If the skin around your toenail is red or swollen you may have an ingrown toenail, a problem that occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin. Ingrown toenails can be painful. In severe cases, ingrown toenails can turn into a bone infection or can cause the loss of a toe.
The podiatry experts at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists provide high-quality care to patients in the Newtown, PA area. They are committed to helping you find a solution that aligns with your specific budget, needs, and goals.
Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown nails can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Trimming nails too short and in the wrong shape
- Wearing compressive shoes
- Not keeping feet clean and dry
- Irregular and curved toenails
- Toenail injury
- Poor posture
- Genetic predisposition
Signs of ingrown toenails include an overgrowth of skin around the toe, red and swollen skin, bleeding, toe pain, and pus. Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Call our Newtown, PA office today at 215.234.3772 for care.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
Non-diabetic patients and those who have not had any previous foot or toe problems can treat an ingrown toenail in the comfort of their own home. Patients can use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream and soak their feet in salt water. If there is no significant improvement, our specialists may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics. In some cases, they may need to drain the toe of fluid or remove part of the toenail.
Request an Appointment
Do you think you may have an ingrown toenail? Contact Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists at 215.234.3772. You can also schedule an appointment with us on our website. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the treatment process, insurance options, or any other concerns.