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By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
May 13, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Have you or a loved one experienced an ingrown toenail? If so, you know the pain this simple podiatric condition causes. In Wheeling, IL, Dr. Paul Potach cares for ingrown toenails and he shows patients ways to prevent them.

What is an ingrown toenail?

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) says that ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, usually develop on the big toes. Simply put, the nail is cut too short at the corners.

As it grows, it invades the surrounding skin, often causing infection, pus, redness and pain. A severe case impacts how well the sufferer walks. Plus, in a diabetic, onychocryptosis is dangerous.

Some mild cases of onychocryptosis may be treated at home with warm soaks and better-fitting shoes. Others, however, require careful intervention by the podiatrist in his Wheeling office.

Treating an ingrown toenail

In his office, Dr. Potach will examine your foot, noting your symptoms. He may trim the ingrown nail straight across or, as needed, actually remove part of the nail right down the affected side. He may even apply a medication to destroy the nail plate so the nail does not grow back. This partial nail avulsion and chemical matrixectomy resolve symptoms permanently. Your foot doctor may prescribe antibiotic medication to heal infection, too.

Preventing ingrown toenails

Keep this problem from developing on another nail by:

  • Wearing shoes which are roomy in the toes
  • Cutting your nails with clean clippers, trimming them straight across and not too short
  • Washing your feet daily with soap and water
  • Changing your socks every day
  • Avoiding trauma to the nail by wearing protective shoes on the job
  • Looking carefully and frequently at your feet to notice any signs of friction, swelling or nail changes

Great nails and happy feet

Dr. Paul Potach and his team take both seriously. If you start having nail problems, don't wait. Call our office in either Wheeling or Berwyn for a consultation with this experienced and caring foot doctor. Ingrown toenails are no fun, but we'll help you manage them. Call our Wheeling office at (847) 215-1525, and in Berwyn, IL, phone (708) 484-3338.

By Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M.
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown ToenailIs your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it becoming too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Paul Potach in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, can help you!

More on Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforate the skin in the corners, or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately. If you do have an ingrown nail, your toe may become sore, skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail, and become red, or infected.

Causes of Ingrown Nails

There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as:

  • Not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially on your big toes
  • Tight shoes that apply pressure to feet
  • Heredity, like poor foot structure
  • Repeated trauma or injury to your feet
  • Foot illnesses, or diseases, like fungal infections.

How to Treat Ingrown Nails:

Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue.

Surgery may be necessary though. If your ingrown toenail is causing an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed.

Basic Foot Care

  • Don't ignore foot pain
  • Trim toenails straight across.
  • Make sure that shoes fit properly
  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Follow doctors orders when using medication
  • Inspect your feet regularly
  • Wash your feet regularly

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact foot doctor, Dr. Paul Potach in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL.