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Dr. Clements is trained in Forefoot surgery and General Podiatric Medicine. She has lectured internationally on the subject of the diabetic foot care and amputation prevention.

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Battling an In-Grown Toenail? Find Relief at Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center

In-grown toenails, a common and often painful condition where the nail grows into the skin, can lead to discomfort, redness, and even infection. At Flat Shoals Foot & Ankle Center, we understand how limiting and distressing in-grown toenails can be. Our specialized treatments aim to relieve pain, remove the ingrowth, and prevent future occurrences, helping you return to your daily activities with ease.

When Is It Time to Seek Professional In-Grown Toenail Treatment?

Professional treatment is recommended if you experience:

Our Approach to In-Grown Toenail Treatment
  • Conservative Treatments: Initial treatments may include soaking the foot in warm water, wearing wider shoes, and carefully lifting the ingrown nail edge. Antibiotics may be prescribed if an infection is present.
  • Partial Nail Removal: For more severe cases, especially those involving infection or recurrent ingrown nails, partial nail removal may be necessary. This minor procedure is performed under local anesthesia to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.
  • Total Nail Removal: In cases where in-grown toenails are chronic and severe, removing the entire toenail might be the best solution to prevent future problems.
  • Nail Matrix Ablation: For the prevention of recurrent in-grown toenails, a procedure to remove or destroy a portion of the nail matrix may be recommended. This procedure can permanently prevent the regrowth of the ingrown portion of the nail.
Preventing In-Grown Toenails
  • Preventive care is crucial in avoiding the discomfort and complications associated with in-grown toenails. Tips include:

    • Proper nail trimming: Cut toenails straight across and avoid cutting too short.
    • Wear properly fitting shoes: Shoes that are too tight or narrow can increase the risk of in-grown toenails.
    • Keep feet clean and dry: This helps prevent infection.
Answers to more questions about:

Q: Can I treat an in-grown toenail at home?

A: While mild cases can sometimes be managed at home, it's essential to seek professional treatment if there's significant pain, signs of infection, or if the condition persists.

Q: Can I treat an in-grown toenail at home?

A: While mild cases can sometimes be managed at home, it's essential to seek professional treatment if there's significant pain, signs of infection, or if the condition persists.

Q: Is the procedure for removing an in-grown toenail painful?

A: The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. After the procedure, pain relief can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Q: Is the procedure for removing an in-grown toenail painful?

A: The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. After the procedure, pain relief can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Q: How long does recovery take after in-grown toenail surgery?

A: Recovery times vary, but most people can resume normal activities within a few days. Complete healing may take a few weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Q: How long does recovery take after in-grown toenail surgery?

A: Recovery times vary, but most people can resume normal activities within a few days. Complete healing may take a few weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure.

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Take the first step towards pain-free living by scheduling an appointment with Flat Shoals Foot And Ankle Center. Contact us today to book your appointment and embark on your journey to optimal foot and ankle health.

 

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