Almost everyone at some point in their life has suffered from an ingrown toenail. It may have occurred during childhood or happened for the first time as an adult. Whenever it happens, ingrown toenails can be painful and can cause a lot of discomfort when wearing your shoes.
What is an ingrown toenail and how do you know if you have one?
There are two types of ingrown toenail. The 1st type is a non-infected ingrown toenail. It is caused by a curvature of nail that digs into skin by the side of the nail. The curvature of the nail can be moderate to severe. The nail edge causes a callus or a corn to form in the nail groove. Patients will complain they feel a knive edge in the nail groove. The nail will irritate the skin causing redness, soreness but no infection. Any pressure from tight socks or shoes and even your sheets will cause a lot of pain.
What should you do if you have an ingrown nail?
First of all, you should not try to dig or cut away at the nail in the bathroom because you will probably cause an infection and you will still have to come in for treatment. What you need to do is come into the office. It may not be that bad! The treatment will consist of a small piece of nail being cut away from the skin and nail border. We will send you home and you will be happy. You will have significant relieve and in 2 days you will be walking around pain free.
Removal of nail and callus from the nail groove.