What To Do When You Have Ingrown Toenails

What To Do When You Have Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of your toenail grow into the skin. This can be painful and lead to infection. Particularly, for diabetics, ingrown toenails can cause complications. If you develop an ingrown toenail, especially as a diabetic, Dr. Laura Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, serving Norridge, IL, and the surrounding area, can assist.

General Information

This issue is common and easily addressable for the most part, especially with early intervention. 

When you develop an ingrown toenail, you may visibly see that your toenail is growing into your skin. Additionally, signs you have an ingrown toenail include swelling and redness. It's possible for an infection to occur, which will cause pus and inflammation. Most often, an ingrown toenail happens on a big toe. 


You increase your risk of an ingrown toenail when you wear tight shoes. You're also increasing your chances if you have cut your toenails too short or crooked. A toenail injury and having curvy toenails increases your chances as well. 

In addition, if you're a runner, an adolescent, or a diabetic, your likelihood of ingrown toenails is greater. 

Diagnosing Ingrown Toenails

Often, an ingrown toenail will heal on its own. However, if the problem is lingering, it's best to visit our Norridge, IL, practitioner. 

During the diagnostic process, our podiatrist will examine your toe and look for signs of swelling and infection. Our practitioner will be able to visibly see you have this condition. 

Treating Ingrown Toenails

Our practitioner can provide one of the various treatments. One option is to remove the toenail. In some cases, we may need to remove the nail and the surrounding tissue. 

Other possible options include lifting the nail, taping the nail with specialized tape, or using a gutter splint underneath the nail. 

If you have signs of an ingrown toenail that won't heal, Dr. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, serving Norridge, IL, and the neighboring communities can help. We can recognize the signs and determine the treatment most suited for your situation. We can also educate you on ways to prevent ingrown toenails. 

Book an appointment by calling (773) 625-2211 today if you have a lingering ingrown toenail.

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