Ingrown Toenail

Tim Grace, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Family Foot Health Center

Tim Grace, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist & Podiatrist located in Puyallup, WA

Aside from pain and inflammation, the big concern with an ingrown toenail is that it opens up your skin and leaves you prone to infection. Because an infection in your toe can quickly become serious, top-rated podiatrist Tim Grace, DPM, of Family Foot Health Center offers flexible scheduling for in-office ingrown toenail treatments. Book your ingrown toenail evaluation at this Puyallup, Washington, podiatry practice today. Click on the online booking feature or call the office directly.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

Why do I have an ingrown toenail?

Your toenails are supposed to grow over your delicate nail bed tissue. If you have abnormally curved nails, though, you might find that your toenails are constantly digging into your skin and causing irritation. Even if your toenails aren’t abnormally curved, you can still have ingrown toenails due to:

  • Rounding out your toenail edges
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Wearing snug-fitting shoes

Any of your toenails can become ingrown, but this painful condition most commonly occurs in the nail of your big toe.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

With each passing day, the affected nail continues growing into your skin. Initially, you might just notice some slight redness or inflammation on one or both sides of your nail. As the nail becomes more ingrown, though, you may experience:

  • Stabbing pains
  • Oozing pus
  • Severe tenderness
  • Redness or warmth

These are just some of the initial warning signs that your ingrown toenail is infected. If left untreated, an infected ingrown toenail can lead to an infection that’s so severe, it spreads to delicate bone tissue underneath.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

At Family Foot Health Center, you can meet with Dr. Grace, an expert at minimally invasive ingrown toenail treatments. Because of his gentle, yet effective technique, ingrown toenail treatments aren’t as painful as you might imagine.

In most cases, Dr. Grace thoroughly numbs your toe, so you won’t feel a thing. All he typically needs to do is trim away the ingrown part of your nail and treat the underlying infection. If you have a severe infection, you might need to take oral antibiotics.

Usually, ingrown toenail surgery provides immediate relief, so you won’t need pain medications afterward. Dr. Grace finds that most men and women can slip their shoes right back on after ingrown toenail surgery and go about their normal routines.

If you continue getting ingrown toenails because of your nail shape, though, Dr. Grace might recommend permanent toenail removal — this is an absolute last resort.

Book your ingrown toenail appointment at Family Foot Health Center by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the clinic.