Ingrown Toenails

 Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options for Ingrown Toenails

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Reliving Ingrown Toenail Pain 

ingrown toenails can be a real pain. In fact, nothing can make you appreciate the health and well-being of your nails quite like a painful ingrown toenail. Dealing with the pain can easily ruin your day. Fortunately, you can usually find ingrown toenail relief with Arizona Foot Doctors, the offices of Dr. Steven Burns.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

The culprits for ingrown toe nail cases are most often footwear that fits too tightly. The pressure of tightly fitting shoes can force the edge of the nail down into the skin, causing it to become inflamed. Trimming toenails too short can also cause ingrown toenails, as well as malformed feet or toes.  The wear over time can cause the nail to grow inwardly into the skin where nerves become activated.

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Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toe nails appear to be curved downward, and have the appearance of the skin growing over the edge of the nail. The skin around the nail is usually painful and inflamed. 

How to Treat Ingrown Toenails

Treatment for ingrown toenails mostly involves relieving the pain caused by the downward curving nail.

  • Soak your feet in warm water three to four times a day if possible. This will offer some ingrown toenail relief.
  • Gently massage the inflamed area around the toenail.
How do I Trim my Toenails When I Have an Ingrown Toenail?
  • Cut straight across, and avoid tapering the nail down at the sides.
  • Briefly soak your nails in warm water before trimming, and place a small piece of cotton or toilet tissue under your nail soaked in antiseptic.
  • If possible, wear sandals until your ingrown toe nails go away.
  • Do not try to cut the ingrown portion of the nail yourself, as this will just make the problem worse.
My Ingrown Toenail is Getting Worse. When Should I Visit a Podiatrist?

Ingrown toenail treatment is usually simple and straightforward. However, if you have diabetes, poor circulation to the foot, or nerve damage in your foot, then you should see a doctor about your ingrown toe nail right away. If, after trying the above home treatments, your condition gets worse, you should seek treatment for ingrown toenails. If the ingrown toenail gets worse or keeps recurring, the doctor may surgically remove the problematic portion of the nail. This process is called a partial nail avulsion, and it takes two to four months for the nail to regrow. Treating infected ingrown toenails is also best left to the doctor. If the nail becomes infected, the doctor may prescribe antibiotic treatment for treating infected ingrown toenails. Proper foot care is key for treating and preventing ingrown toe nails. For assistance in treating ingrown toenails, contact Arizona Foot Doctors today. We have over 35 Years of experience serving Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area.

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If your ingrown toenail becomes infected, make an appointment with Dr. Burns to learn about your treatment options. Dr. Burns will also be able to provide temporary relief tips and a plan to avoid future ingrown toenails.

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Ready to book an appointment for your ingrown toenail? The team at Arizona Foot Doctors is here to provide long-term ingrown toenail pain relief, heel pain relief, and foot & ankle pain relief.

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Do You Have an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can interrupt daily tasks. Find relief and learn about long-term prevention tips by contacting Scottsdale Podiatrist Dr. Steven Burns at Arizona Foot Doctors.

Footcare Physicians of Scottsdale

Address: 9070 E. Desert Cove STE 104B,
Scottsdale, Arizona - 85260

Tel: 480-661-7572


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