Treatment For Ingrown Toenails
By Dr. Christopher Milkie of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
INGROWN TOENAIL TREATMENT
Ingrown Toenails or IGTNs can really, really hurt! However, like many other medical conditions, the earlier they can be treated, the better the outcome. Ingrown toenails are classified into three stages that each have appropriate treatments allocated to their needs.
The first stage of ingrown toenails involves a nail that has a slightly inflamed and tender lip (the skin on the edges of your nail). This type of Ingrown toenail is easily dealt with, and relatively painless! Most podiatrists will use a slant back procedure in which the nail is desensitized with a topical agent, such as a refrigerant. Afterword, the nail is simply cut back at the correct length on the affected side.
The second stage of ingrown toenails occurs when the lip becomes inflamed to the point that it may exude puss and even be infected. Often, this results from an untreated stage-one ingrown toenail. In a second stage ingrown toenail, the affected nail will still require a slant back procedure. In addition to the procedure, your podiatrists may take a sample to test for the possibility of an infection. An untreated infection can lead to more serious complications.
The third and final stage of an ingrown toenail is a result of an untreated second stage ingrown toenail which begins to heal on its own. The swollen area around the nail can be extremely painful and may still exude puss or even bleed. In this stage the nail may need to be completely removed along with the swollen tissue. This type of ingrown toenail may even require a surgical procedure.
Given that ingrown toenails can be such a pain, it is wise to try and avoid them.
WHAT CAUSES INGROWN TOENAILS?
This pesky malady can be caused by a variety of preventable things; from a pair of shoes that are too tight on the toes, to a poorly clipped toenail. Yet even with special focus and care, an infection can make ingrown toenails unavoidable. In these cases, early treatment is wise and will prevent more serious complications. Home remedies for ingrown toenails are not recommended, and can often make the condition worse. If you think you may need treatment, set up an appointment with us today!
At Milwaukee Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have the most cutting edge and innovative technology available. By having digital scanning technology for orthotics, digital X-rays, digital diagnostic ultrasound, laser for removal of toenail fungus & more all in office and available in a moments notice allows you to save time and money.
We look forward to helping you!