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By Michael Gittleson DPM
December 18, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Have an ingrown toenail? An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the nail grows into the skin. Ingrown nails usually affect the big toes. Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition. Dr. Michael Gittleson in Chevy Chase, MD, offers treatments for ingrown nails. Keep reading to find out how we can help if you're dealing with this condition.

1. Antibiotics. In some cases, ingrown toenails break through the skin and allow bacteria to enter the surrounding tissues next to the toenail. The resulting infection is treated with prescription medication. Your podiatrist may recommend using oral or topical antibiotics, especially if your toe is infected or at risk of becoming infected.

2. Lifting the nail. Your doctor may carefully lift the corner of the toenail that's digging into the skin by placing a splint, or cotton wedge, under it. This separates the nail from the skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. At home, you will need to replace the material daily.

3. Partial nail removal. For a severe ingrown toenail, your health care provider may remove a portion of your ingrown toenail. Before the procedure, your doctor will numb your toe by injecting it with a local anesthetic. The procedure helps to prevent the ingrown nail from returning.

4. Complete nail removal. If you have chronic pain or the infection returns, your healthcare provider may suggest surgery to remove all of the ingrown nail. Complete removal of the nail is a simple procedure. Before the procedure, your doctor will numb your toe by injecting it with a local anesthetic.

5. Prevention. It's important to try and prevent ingrown toenails whenever possible. When you trim your toenails, you should trim them straight across and avoid rounded corners. The shoes you wear can also help prevent ingrown toenails. You want to wear shoes that are comfortable and give your toes room to move.

Ingrown toenails hurt, but you don't have to suffer. Don't wait! Call Dr. Michael Gittleson at 301-986-4900 today to schedule a consultation in Chevy Chase, MD. We can help you get rid of that ingrown toenail once and for all!

By Michael Gittleson DPM
November 20, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.

Do I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.

Treating Ingrown Toenails

There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.