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Dealing with Ingrown Toenails: A Perrysburg Podiatrist's Guide


Perrysburg Podiatrist, Scott Johnston DPM, Perrysburg Foot Doctor, Toe Doctor Perrysburg

Ingrown toenails can be a real pain—literally! They occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail, leading to discomfort, redness, swelling, and sometimes even infection. As a podiatrist, I've seen my fair share of ingrown toenails, and I'm here to provide you with some insight and tips on how to deal with them.


Understanding the Causes:

Ingrown toenails can be caused by various factors, including improper nail trimming, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, injury to the toe, or naturally curved toenails. Additionally, genetics and foot structure can predispose some individuals to ingrown toenails.


Symptoms to Look Out For:

If you're experiencing pain or tenderness along the side of your toenail, along with redness and swelling, you may have an ingrown toenail. In more severe cases, you might notice pus or drainage, indicating an infection.


Treatment Options:

For mild cases, soaking the affected foot in warm, soapy water several times a day can help reduce inflammation and provide relief. Additionally, gently lifting the edge of the ingrown nail and placing cotton or dental floss underneath can encourage the nail to grow above the skin.

In more severe cases or if infection is present, it's best to seek professional care from a podiatrist. They may perform a minor procedure to remove the ingrown portion of the nail and alleviate the discomfort.


Prevention Tips:

Preventing ingrown toenails starts with proper foot care. Trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting them too short. Also, wear shoes that fit well and provide ample room for your toes to move freely.


When to See your local Perrysburg Podiatrist, Dr. R. Scott Johnston:

If you're unable to alleviate the pain and discomfort of an ingrown toenail on your own, or if you suspect an infection, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Prompt treatment can prevent complications and get you back on your feet in no time.

Remember, taking care of your feet is essential for your overall health and well-being. If you're dealing with ingrown toenails or any other foot-related issues, don't hesitate to reach out to a podiatrist for professional guidance and care. Your feet will thank you!



Dr. Johnston is available at our Perrysburg office:

  Tuesday 8am - 5pm

  Wednesday 8am - 12pm

  Friday: 8am - 1pm


 

Heel and Toe Podiatry

1021 Sandusky St. Suite A

Perrysburg, OH

419-474-7700

A foot Doctor Near Me in Perrysburg



This blog post is meant for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. If you have specific concerns about your foot health, please consult with a qualified healthcare professional.

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