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Gilbert Podiatrist | Gilbert Ingrown Toenails | AZ | Payam Sarraf, DPM & Shaun Simmons, DPM |

Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers

Payam Sarraf, DPM
Nicole Adams Kessel, DPM
Kate Kennedy, DPM
Eve Hui, DPM

Physicians & Surgeons of the Foot & Ankle

Phone: (480) 812-FOOT (3668)       Fax: (480) 782-1290

Chandler Place
1600 W Chandler Blvd, Suite 120
Chandler, AZ 85224

Arizona Medical Plaza
1728 W Glendale Ave., Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Ingrown Toenails

 

Although they can start out as a small nuisance, ingrown toenails can become a real problem if left untreated. Caused by a segment of the toenail that embeds in the skin around the nail, an ingrown toenail is characterized by pain, swelling, redness and a feeling of warmth in the affected toe. If the nail digs into the flesh around the nail and causes the skin to break, bacteria can enter, resulting in an infection. The infection can increase the level of pain in the toe and create additional problems.

While some people are prone to ingrown toenails and others are caused by improper nail trimming techniques, ingrown toenails can also be caused by trauma from repeated impact or stubbing the toe. Treatment for minor ingrown toenails can often be done in the home if you are in good health and if no infection is present. Soaking the foot to soften the skin and massaging the affected area can loosen the troublesome part of the nail.

If physician care is necessary, antibiotics may be prescribed to manage the infection and an outpatient surgery may be necessary to remove the offending nail. If you are in need of care for your ingrown toenail or are unsure how to properly are for your toenails, contact us today.