If you’ve noticed that the skin on the side of your toenail is growing over the edge of your nail, or into the skin, you have just discovered that you have an ingrown toenail. This condition is common, and Dr. Issam Mansour and his team at Ankle & Foot Care Specialists can walk you through ways to quickly and effectively treat this condition.

If you have questions, we have answers.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

While some ingrown toenail cases are driven by family history, here are the more common causes:

  • Injury or trauma to the toenail
  • Trimming your toenails too closely
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight around your toes
  • Running frequently
  • Wearing stockings that are too tight

What are the symptoms?

In addition to noticing that the skin around your toenail is growing over the edge of your nail, you may also see slight swelling. This can be a sign of infection. Ingrown toenails are surrounded by your moist, warm skin, which can be a welcoming environment for bacteria. If you see symptoms of infection, don’t delay treatment. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Can ingrown toenails be treated?

Yes. If the toenail is not infected, we recommend soaking your feet in warm soapy water or saltwater. Then, dry your feet, apply an antiseptic treatment, and bandage your toe.

If your toenail is infected, you will notice swelling, redness, pain, and possibly discharge. To prevent the infection from worsening, consult with a podiatrist on your next steps. Treatment options include trimming the infected toenail or removing it through a minor procedure that can take place right in the office.

What can I do to prevent an ingrown toenail?

  • Keep your feet covered to avoid injuries to your feet
  • Trim your nails straight across
  • Wear shoes that allow wiggle room for your toes

Dr. Issam Mansour is a board-certified podiatrist, and he and his team serve the Livonia area. If you’re ready to walk without pain in your toes, request an appointment online or call us at 734-744-5661.

Office Hours

Monday 9.00AM – 5.00PM
Tuesday 10:30AM – 3:30PM
Wednesday 10.00AM – 6.00PM
Thursday 10:30AM – 3:30PM
Friday 9.00AM – 5.00PM
Saturdays By Appointment Only

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