Ingrown Toenails

David Jenson, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jenson Foot & Ankle Specialists

David Jenson, DPM

Podiatrist located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston, TX

Ingrown toenails may sound like an inconsequential matter, but they can be incredibly painful and disruptive to your daily routines. For men and women in and around The Woodlands, Texas & Houston, Texas, and Shenandoah, Texas, the services of David Jenson, DPM of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists is the best way to achieve lasting relief from ingrown toenails. Don’t suffer from this common condition without understanding your treatment options. Book a consultation today, either by phone or using the simple online tool.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails occur when the side or corner of a toenail begins to grow into the surrounding flesh instead of extending out and away from the body. They most often occur in your big toe.

There are numerous things that can cause ingrown toenails, including:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Trauma to the toenail, either isolated or recurring
  • Abnormally curved toenails
  • Shoes or socks that are too tight
  • Poor posture
  • Failure to keep feet clean and dry
  • Athletic pursuits that place excessive pressure on your toenails

One of the most common causes of ingrown toenails is trimming your nails in a rounded shape that conforms to the contours of your toes. This encourages the nail to grow down into your skin, especially as your shoes place pressure on the nails.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail will usually create a degree of pain or tenderness in the affected area. You might also notice:

  • Swelling near the nail
  • Redness around the edge of the nail
  • Bleeding
  • Fluid buildup around the toe
  • Pus that oozes when pressure is placed on the swollen area

Symptoms can worsen if left untreated. If you have diabetes, any foot injury is a serious matter that merits swift medical attention.

What are treatment options for ingrown toenails?

Treatment depends on your symptoms and how far the nail has grown into the surrounding flesh. In some cases, Dr. Jenson can place a splint, cotton, or other materials under the nail to encourage proper growth.

If your ingrown toenail is more severe, it may be necessary to remove a portion of your toenail. For recurring ingrown toenails, the best treatment path is surgical removal of part of your nail and the underlying nail bed. Some procedures use traditional surgical tools, but laser or chemical solutions can also be used to remove nail tissue. This approach may prevent that portion of your toenail from growing back.

Schedule an appointment today to find the right treatment path for your needs. Ingrown toenails can get in the way of normal routines and a healthy, active lifestyle. For some men and women with diabetes or immune system problems, ingrown toenails can be a serious health risk. Don’t delay, call or try the easy online scheduling function to set up your visit today.