Ingrown Toenails Treatment Options

posted: Apr. 18, 2023.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and even infection. It can result from various factors, such as improper nail trimming, tight-fitting shoes, or a genetic predisposition.

Our Jeannette, West Newton, and Irwin, PA, podiatrist Dr. Louis Izzo is your go-to expert when treating ingrown toenails. At Izzo Foot and Ankle, we assess the severity of the ingrown nail and recommend the best course of treatment, which may range from at-home remedies to surgical options.

Ingrown Toenails Treatment Options

Ingrown toenails can be painful and frustrating, but the good news is several treatment options are available to alleviate your discomfort. Deepending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, our podiatrist may recommend one of several treatment options.

For mild cases, soaking your foot in warm water and applying an antibiotic ointment may relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation. For severe cases, a partial or total nail avulsion may be necessary. This procedure involves removing the affected portion of the toenail, which our podiatrist performs under local anesthesia. This procedure is safe and has a high success rate.

Another option is nail bracing, where a thin wire is glued to the top of the toenail and used to lift it away from the skin. That can help the nail grow correctly and prevent future ingrown nails.

Consult Our Podiatrist 

During a consultation with our professionals at Izzo Foot for ingrown nail treatment, expect a thorough examination of your foot to determine the severity of the ingrown nail. Dr. Izzo will ask about your symptoms and medical history to create a personalized treatment plan.

Depending on the severity of the ingrown nail, our podiatrist may recommend soaking the foot in warm water, antibiotic ointments, or in some cases, a surgical procedure to remove the ingrown portion of the nail. Our podiatrist will also teach you proper nail-trimming techniques to prevent future ingrown nails.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. If you have questions for our podiatrist in Jeannette, West Newton, and Irwin, PA, and want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Izzo at Izzo Foot and Ankle, call (724) 872-6615 or (724) 523-6700.