Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

You don’t have to just deal with or hide your ingrown toenails when there are effective podiatric solutions available at Boca Raton Podiatry. Ingrown toenails can be more than an aesthetic issue. Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, are highly knowledgeable about the more serious complications that can occur without the right quality podiatric care. Take care of your feet and prevent further problems by calling the Boca Raton, Florida, office or scheduling an appointment online today.

Ingrown Toenail

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of your toenail grows the wrong way into your skin and soft flesh (usually on the big toe).

An ingrown toenail can cut into your skin, resulting in pain, inflammation, redness, swelling, and pus drainage. More serious cases might lead to a bone infection, but many ingrown toenails resolve on their own.

Certain medical conditions like diabetes can cause poor blood flow to the feet. This increases the risk of developing the complications of ingrown toenails, such as gangrene of the toe.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Certain factors can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Toenail injury
  • Improperly fitting shoes
  • Toenails that are unusually curved or shaped
  • Oversized edges of the nail bed that push into your skin
  • Poor posture
  • Poor hygiene

Cutting your toenails too short or cutting them straight across can lead to an ingrown toenail.

How can I take care of my ingrown toenail at home?

To take care of your ingrown toenail at home, you can soften the edges of your nails by trimming and filing your nails properly.

You can also soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes twice a day to reduce swelling and tenderness.

You can place padding or bandages around your ingrown toenail for protection and comfort. If your at-home methods don’t work, you should head to Boca Raton Podiatry for treatment.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

When you visit Boca Raton Podiatry with an ingrown toenail, your podiatrist typically starts with a physical exam and may take convenient in-office X-rays with digital technology.

Your podiatrist might recommend various treatments for your ingrown toenail, such as:

  • Prescription antibiotic medication
  • Orthotic devices like separators
  • Pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory medications 

For temporary relief, your Boca Raton Podiatry doctor might clip the corner of your toenail quickly and conveniently in the office without anesthesia. 

With a slightly overgrown toenail, your podiatrist might lift the edge of the nail to place splint, cotton, or some other material to separate your nail from your skin. The splint might help your nail to grow comfortably in the right direction over your skin. 

If you have severe or recurring ingrown toenails, your podiatrist might suggest removing a part or all of your underlying tissue and nail. Your podiatrist applies a special medical chemical or an acid to the nail root. This procedure is usually performed in-office with a local anesthetic and no downtime.

Find effective solutions for your ingrown toenails at Boca Raton Podiatry. Schedule online or call the friendly office staff today.