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Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa

Podiatrist & Medical Spa located in Olive Branch, MS

While it may seem like a minor pain-causing problem, without proper treatment, ingrown toenails often turn into serious infections that cause debilitating pain. If you currently have an ingrown toenail or have a history of them, Carla Martin, DPM, at Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa in Olive Branch, Mississippi, provides in-office toenail treatments. Don’t delay another day to book your ingrown toenail evaluation. You can click the online booking tool to schedule or call to speak with a team member directly.

Ingrown Toenails

What are the causes of ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails, which commonly affect both children and adults, lead to tenderness and throbbing pain with every step you take. While a number of factors can lead to an ingrown toenail, one of the most common causes is improper trimming.

For example, if you like to round your toenail edges rather than cut them straight across, your toenail is more likely to grow into your skin. The same is true if you trim your toenails too short.

But your chances of developing ingrown toenails are higher if you:

  • Experience trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on your foot
  • Have pincer-shaped nails that are overly curved
  • Wear tight socks, stockings, or shoes

Even having poor foot hygiene and not washing and drying your feet regularly can increase your risk of ingrown toenails. 

When should I see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail isn’t something you should try and treat on your own, especially if it’s causing severe pain. You should come in to Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa for an ingrown toenail evaluation if you have any of the following issues:

  • Redness or swelling
  • Oozing pus or bleeding 
  • Tenderness or electrical pains
  • Overgrowth of skin around your nail

While anyone should see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail, it’s particularly important to seek professional medical care if you have a weakened immune system, diabetes, or poor circulation, since these factors dramatically increase your risk of serious infection. 

How does a podiatrist treat an ingrown toenail?

Whether you’re experiencing your first ingrown toenail infection or you have a history of them, the Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa providers can help. Treating an ingrown toenail often involves:

  • Numbing your toe with a small injection
  • Trimming away the ingrown part of your nail
  • Treating your nail bed with antibiotic ointment
  • Bandaging your toe
  • Home-care counseling 
  • Taking antibiotic medications (for severe infections)

In severe cases, Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa provides ingrown toenail surgery that involves removing your entire toenail. Your podiatrist can even use a specialized laser or chemical solution to stop nail growth as a last-resort solution for preventing ingrown toenail issues. 

If you have an ingrown toenail, start treatment at Desoto Foot Care & Pedi-Spa so you can experience relief from pain. Schedule your ingrown toenail exam online or over the phone today.

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