Ingrown nails are one of the most common foot-related issues. They usually aren’t serious, but if you have diabetes or poor circulation, they may increase your risk of infection. Dr. Robert A. Raley and the team provide same-day care for ingrown nails. Using quick, effective, and pain-free treatments, they can help you feel better. To make an appointment, call the office in Kankakee, Illinois, or book online today.
An ingrown nail occurs when your toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail instead of out and away from your toe. As the nail grows further into your skin, it increases the risk of infection, resulting in redness, swelling, and pain.
Almost everyone experiences ingrown nails, and they typically heal on their own. Even so, if your symptoms persist or affect your mobility, contact Dr. Raley and the team immediately.
The symptoms of ingrown nails include:
If the nail becomes infected, it might also bleed or ooze pus.
Make an appointment with Dr. Raley and the team if you have an ingrown nail and it causes severe pain or inflamed skin that keeps you from work or exercise. That’s especially true if you have an underlying medical condition, like diabetes or peripheral artery disease, that affects blood flow to your feet.
Ingrown toenails affect people of all ages, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop an ingrown nail if you stub your toe or experience another type of trauma.
To diagnose ingrown nails, Dr. Raley reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when you noticed the ingrown nail and if the pain or swelling has gotten worse.
Next, Dr. Raley examines your ingrown nail and the surrounding skin. He might also take a series of digital X-rays to see how far the nail grows into your skin and to determine if there’s an infection.
Treatment of ingrown nails depends on various factors, including your age, how often you experience ingrown nails, and their effect on your quality of life. Dr. Raley and the team might recommend:
If you regularly experience ingrown nails on the same toe and it affects your mobility, Dr. Raley might recommend completely removing the nail. The procedure occurs under local anesthesia, ensuring it’s comfortable and pain-free.
To receive treatment for ingrown nails, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert A. Raley by calling the office or booking online today.