Robert A. Raley DPM SC
Comprehensive Foot Care

Ingrown Nails

Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Meadowview, Kankakee, IL

Ingrown Nails services offered in Meadowview, Kankakee, IL

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.

Ingrown Nails Q&A

What are ingrown nails?

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.

What are the symptoms of ingrown nails?

The symptoms of ingrown nails include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Inflamed skin
  • Swelling

If the nail becomes infected, it might also bleed or ooze pus.

Should I visit a podiatrist if I have an ingrown nail?

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.

Who is at risk of experiencing ingrown nails?

Ingrown toenails affect people of all ages, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Having sweating feet
  • Wearing shoes that crowd your toes together
  • Wearing socks that don’t allow your feet to breathe
  • Clipping your toenails at an angle
  • Participating in activities like rock climbing or ballet

You’re also more likely to develop an ingrown nail if you stub your toe or experience another type of trauma.

How are ingrown nails diagnosed?

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.

How are ingrown nails treated?

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:

  • Lifting the nail
  • Taping the nail so it grows away from your skin
  • Placing a special splint under the nail, to prevent pain and help it grow outward
  • Partially removing the nail

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.