What is an Ingrown nail or how do I know if I have an Ingrown nail?
If you have pain on the side of your toe or if you have redness on the side of your nail then you probably have an ingrown nail. When the side of the toenail grows into the soft tissue, this is called ingrown toenail. This condition causes redness, pain, and infection to the affected toe. Usually, ingrown toenail affects the big toe.
If an ingrown toenail is not treated, it will result in severe complications. The worst thing that may happen is that your bone and toe will be infected. Foot ulcers, open sores, and reduction of blood flow in the affected area are the other complications of an ingrown toenail.
P6GJHJ medical illustration of the symptoms of ingrown nail.
What Will Happen if you Leave an Ingrown Toenail Untreated (some of our pictures on my phone)
If you don’t treat an ingrown toenail, it will lead to complications. Some of the complications brought by untreated ingrown toenails include foot ulcers, loss of blood, open sores, and infection.
To prevent ingrown complications, immediately seek medical help.
The following are some of the ways to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Always cut your toenails
- Wear well fitted shoes
- Cut the toenails to moderate length
- Use protective footwear
- Regularly check your feet (especially if you have diabetes)
What do I do if I have an ingrown nail?
Call Graff Foot and Ankle, and we will treat your ingrown nail the same day. We normally will recommend a partial nail avulsion (click and show procedure) or simply cut the painful corner as needed. Either procedure will be done in the office in less than 15 minutes with minimal pain.