Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

An ingrown toenail might start out mild and slightly unattractive, but it can soon become painful enough to prevent you from walking. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, podiatrists Khalid Husain, DPM, Gene Choi, DPM, Jennifer Kirchens, DPM, and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, perform in-office procedures to treat ingrown toenails and relieve the pain immediately. For expert correction of your ingrown toenail, call Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics or book an appointment online today.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

If you have an ingrown toenail, the nail on one of your toes curves down on one or both sides and grows into the skin. The nail digs into your skin, often causing inflammation and painful pressure that gets worse when you stand or walk. 

If that isn’t enough, your ingrown toenail can tear your skin and lead to an infection. An infected ingrown toenail can throb with pain, bleed, or even ooze foul-smelling fluid. If you suspect that your ingrown toenail is infected, you need to get treatment for it right away.

At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, the team specializes in relieving ingrown toenails with or without infections. If you leave an infected ingrown toenail untreated, the infection can spread and eventually become gangrenous.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

There are several steps you can take at home to treat your ingrown toenail, like soaking your feet in a warm Epsom salt bath or taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce the inflammation. If your ingrown toenail is infected or highly painful and hard to treat on your own, the team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can provide same-day treatment with immediate relief of your pain. They may:

  • Lift your nail 
  • Remove part of your nail
  • Remove the entire nail
  • Prescribe antibiotics for infection

The team performs ingrown toenail-correcting procedures efficiently in the office. To help avoid the excruciating pain of a nail removal, they may give you a local anesthetic injection before the procedure. They also give you instructions for home care after the procedure.

How can I prevent new ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails aren’t always preventable, but you can reduce your chances of getting another one by following a few easy steps at home. First, it’s important to use the proper trimming technique when cutting your toenails. Your provider at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can give you the details, but generally, you should cut your toenails straight across and avoid cutting them too short. 

Additionally, it helps to wear shoes that fit properly. Tight shoes and high heels can jam your feet into the fronts of your shoes and force your toenails into your skin with pressure. If you already have an ingrown toenail, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes can aggravate your symptoms and make it hard to walk. 

If your ingrown toenail looks infected or feels so painful you can hardly walk, call Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics or book an appointment online for treatment right away.