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Ingrown Toenail Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

At InStride Family Foot Care, the skilled podiatry team offers comprehensive, in-office care for painful, ingrown toenails. At their offices in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, Gastonia, and Monroe, and two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina, the staff provide treatment for ingrown toenails to ease pain and reduce risk for additional health complications. If you’re prone to ingrown nails, the podiatric specialists offer nail-grooming guidance to prevent future nail issues and pain. Learn more by calling the InStride Family Foot Care office nearest you today or by requesting a consultation online now.

Ingrown Toenail Q&A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when part of your toenail grows sideways into the bed of your nail. This abnormal growth can cause persistent swelling and become painful enough to interfere with walking and wearing shoes.

For some people, ingrown toenails are common. You may be at increased risk for recurrent ingrown toenails if you frequently cut your nails too short. You may also be predisposed to frequent ingrown toenails due to your genetic history.

Other risk factors for ingrown toenails include:

  • Having diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Frequently wearing tight shoes
  • Having nails with a fungal infection

If not properly treated, an ingrown toenail can become increasingly painful and lead to an infection.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

If you have pain from an existing ingrown toenail, the podiatry team at InStride Family Foot Care offers in-office treatments that often involve removing part of the toenail to relieve pain. This is also a permanent correction method if you have recurrent ingrown toenails.

If you have an existing infection in the bed of the nail, you may need oral or topical antibiotics to clear it.

In addition to treating an ingrown toenail, the InStride Family Foot Care team also provides comprehensive preventive care to reduce your risk factors for recurrent toenail issues.

How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

Wearing the right shoes can help prevent ingrown toenails and other foot-related complications. Opt for shoes wide enough to accommodate your toes and prevent unnecessary pressure on your feet.

Proper foot hygiene is also crucial for preventing ingrown toenails. Your InStride provider offers guidance for trimming your nails. They may also recommend soaking your feet in warm water to soften nails before trimming.

If you have some discomfort from an ingrown toenail that’s just starting, try adding Epsom salts or antibacterial soap to a foot soak. This home remedy is useful for treating an ingrown toenail in the early stages.

If you have pain from an ingrown toenail or need help preventing recurrent toenail issues, schedule a consultation at the InStride Family Foot Care office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking feature.