Ingrown Nail Treatment Q & A

Ingrown Nails Can Be the Cause of Pain and If Left Untreated Lead to Infection. Our Expert Podiatrist Doctor Magdalena Blasko is an Ingrown Nail Specialist in San Francisco, CA and Provides Quality Treatment for This Type of Nail Disorder. Call (415) 212-7740 or Visit at 1600 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94115.

Ingrown Nail Treatment Q & A

Ingrown Nail Treatment Q & A

Ingrown nails can cause intense pain for those who develop them if they are not properly cared for.  At Magdalena Blasko Podiatry, we provide effective ingrown nail treatment that will relieve pressure, reduce pain, and prevent infection.  If you are looking for a ingrown nail specialist in San Francisco, CA or the surrounding areas, our experienced foot doctors will help you improve the health of your feet and can help you understand the causes of ingrown toenails, so you can avoid recurrence in the future.

How do I know I have an ingrown toenail?

If you begin to experience pain, redness, or swelling in your toe, you may have an ingrown toenail.  You can typically discern whether this is the cause of your discomfort by visually inspecting the toe.  Ingrown nails will be growing into the surrounding tissue around the nail.  Ingrown nails are most common on the big toes, though they can happen to others as well.  If you have sustained an injury to your toe or the nail itself, or if you wear very tight shoes, you may be at a higher risk for developing ingrown nails.  Similarly, people who have cut their nails very short or who have naturally curved nails may develop ingrown nails more frequently or easily.

Can I prevent ingrown toenails from happening?

While many people who develop ingrown nails are genetically predisposed, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances for developing ingrown nails in the future.  One of the most important precautions you can take to avoid a wide range of foot issues is to wear shoes that are supportive, comfortable, and fit well.  You should also practice effective foot hygiene that includes properly trimming your toenails.  Nails should be cut straight across, approximately in line with the toe itself.  Cutting your nails too short or curved in line with the shape of your toe can increase your chances of ingrown toenails.  If your work involves activities that may increase your chance for injuring your toes, you should be sure to wear protective footwear that will reduce the risk of significant injury.  This includes proper footwear for sports or other rigorous activities.  Patients with circulatory issues or diabetes should be sure to regularly check their feet and schedule regular examinations with a skilled podiatrist to avoid infection or complications from any ingrown toenails.

What treatments are available for my ingrown nails?

Often, patients with only minor ingrown nails will be able to treat their condition quickly and easily.  Your podiatrist can lift the edge of the toenail out from under the skin and pack it with a separating material that will keep it from reentering the skin and allow it to grow normally.  To avoid infection, it is always best to seek the advice of an experienced podiatrist when seeking to correct an ingrown nail.  Severe ingrown nails may necessitate removal of the nail either entirely or partially by your doctor.  If you develop severe ingrown nails on a regular basis, you may wish to discuss more extreme methods for avoiding them.  Removal of the nailbed or entire nail may be the best method for avoiding repeated issues with your nail in the future.  Removal of the nail may be achieved with a laser system or chemical that will prevent the nail from re-growing.

If you are looking for an experienced ingrown nail specialist in San Francisco, CA who can provide you with the comprehensive treatment you need to care for your ingrown toenails, contact Magdalena Blasko Podiatry today to schedule an appointment.  We can help you address your ingrown nails and avoid them in the future.

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