How your podiatrists in Fort Worth, and Denton, TX, can help when you have an ingrown toenail
Let’s face it, ingrown toenails are ugly, and they can hurt too! When you have an ingrown toenail, it’s nice to know that help is just a phone call away. Your podiatrist is an expert at treating ingrown toenails, to help you and your toes feel better.
Dr. Steven Lund and Dr. Leslie Rousseau at Metroplex Foot & Ankle Center offer comprehensive podiatry services, including treatment of ingrown toenails. They have two convenient office locations in the Alliance/Fort Worth/North Hills area, and Denton, TX, to help you.
You need to know the facts about ingrown toenails, so these are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about ingrown toenails:
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when your toenail grows down into the skin around it. You are at increased risk if your toenails naturally curve under.
How can I tell if I have an ingrown toenail?
If you have an ingrown toenail, you will:
- See darkened or reddish-purple skin around the toenail
- Experience swelling and pain in your toe
- Notice drainage or pus coming from under the toenail
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Don’t cut your toenails too short
- Always cut your toenails straight across–don’t round the corners
What can I do to treat an ingrown toenail?
There are several home remedies you can try, including:
- Soaking your toe in warm water every day
- Placing a piece of dental floss under your toenail to lift it
- Wearing open-toed shoes or sandals until your toe heals
How does a podiatrist treat an ingrown toenail?
Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Trimming and thinning the toenail to reduce pressure
- Cutting off the ingrown part of your toenail
- Removing the toenail completely so a new toenail can grow
You can find out more about the treatment of ingrown toenails and other podiatry services by calling Dr. Steven Lund and Dr. Leslie Rousseau at Metroplex Foot & Ankle Center. You can reach them in the Alliance/Fort Worth/North Hills area office by calling (817) 595-1310, or in Denton, TX, by calling (940) 323-2225, so call now.