Ingrown Toenail Southfield Michigan Michfoot Surgeons

Take Care of That Toenail

An ingrown toenail can quickly become so painful that it’s difficult to wear shoes comfortably— and it may even be hard to walk. At Michfoot Surgeons, Randy Leff, DPM, and other skilled podiatric care experts are waiting to help. The team offers quick, virtually painless ingrown toenail treatments.

Michfoot Surgeons Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail is a nail that has grown into the skin around the toe. Usually, ingrown toenails happen on your big toes. Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot concerns we see at Michfoot Surgeons, and this seemingly small issue can cause infection, severe pain and even toe loss if left untreated. Our team offers virtually painless in-office solutions.
An ingrown toenail often causes the following symptoms:

  • Sore or painful skin around the nail
  • Swelling around the toe
  • Redness at the nail edge

If your ingrown toenail gets infected, symptoms can grow even worse. You could develop pus or blood leakage where the nail bites into your skin. If you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, it’s best to make an appointment at Michfoot Surgeons as soon as possible.

An untreated ingrown toenail can potentially cause some very serious complications, including bone infection or gangrene (tissue death). Ingrown toenails are a severe risk if you have diabetes since you may not have good circulation to help you heal.

To avoid complications, check your feet for ingrown toenails and other diabetic feet problems every day.

At Michfoot Surgeons, we will perform a minor in-office surgery to remove the part of the nail that’s causing problems. We will gently numb your toe before carefully removing the corner of the nail so your skin can heal. If the same toenail keeps growing back, we can apply a special chemical to your nail root. The chemical permanently deters nail regrowth.

Most patients can wear a shoe over the affected toe almost immediately, and there’s no significant downtime, either.

By adjusting your foot care routine, you can often avoid the pain and irritation associated with ingrown toenails. Some helpful changes can include:

  • Trimming your toenails straight across, never curved
  • Wearing shoes with adequate toe space
  • Maintaining short toenails (to the tips of your toes)

The experts at Michfoot Surgeons may have additional foot care recommendations to help you avoid ingrown toenails in the future.

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