An ingrown toenail is not something you can ignore, as it can lead to severe pain and a dangerous infection. Whether this is your first ingrown toenail or it’s become a chronic condition, expert board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle can help. Dr. Domenico offers ingrown toenail treatments and preventive care solutions, right in his Pawtucket, Rhode Island, clinic. Book your evaluation through the online scheduler, or call the office for an appointment.
Your nails grow to protect the fragile skin and bones below your nail bed. In most cases, nails naturally grow outward, away from the skin, on a continuous basis. However, some men and women have over-curved nails that dig into their skin as the toenail grows. Other times, your nails become ingrown due to:
Your footwear can also increase your risk of ingrown toenails. If your shoes are too snug and are crowding your toes, your toenails are more likely to become ingrown.
An ingrown toenail typically surfaces as a red, swollen, inflamed area right next to your nail bed. The more your nail grows into your skin, the more likely you are to experience problems, such as:
While ingrown toenails most commonly affect your big toe, you can certainly develop them in other toes, too. Additionally, your ingrown toenail can occur on just one side of your nail, or both sides.
It’s important to see Dr. Domenico at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. Treating it on your own can make it worse by causing an infection or leaving you more vulnerable to future ingrown toenails.
Minor ingrown toenails might heal on their own with specialized splinting. This treatment involves placing a small splint underneath your nail so it grows outwards, rather than into your skin.
Many ingrown toenails require surgery, although the entire procedure is performed right in the office. After thoroughly numbing your toe, Dr. Domenico trims the ingrown part of your nail. If your toenail is severely ingrown or if there is a recurrence, Dr. Domenico might suggest removing the entire nail.
In some cases, it’s beneficial to treat your nail bed with a specialized chemical or laser treatment to stop future nail growth. This permanent solution is typically only needed if you continue developing ingrown toenails. Dr. Domenico discusses all possible treatment solutions with you, so you know just what to expect.
Find relief from your ingrown toenail with the help of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. You can request an appointment online or over the phone.