Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Littleton, CO

A comfortable step is essential for getting us where we need to go. That's why an ingrown toenail may not only put a damper on your daily commute, but it can also impinge on your favorite activities and cause permanent damage, if not addressed quickly. Leading podiatrist, Hani Saeed, DPM, uses a proactive approach to help soothe and heal unwanted toenail pain. You can immediately schedule an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, by using the handy online scheduling system or by calling the clinic today.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

How do I know if I have an ingrown toenail?

If you're experiencing pain and swelling on the side of your nail bed, chances are you have an ingrown toenail. A healthy nail grows straight from the nail bed, leaving the surrounding skin untouched. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of that nail instead curls down and digs into your skin.

Since they’re common, most people will experience an ingrown toenail at some point in their life. Frequent symptoms include:

  • Swelling and redness
  • A warm, throbbing sensation
  • Tenderness when touched
  • Pain when using affected foot
  • Drainage, pus, and watery discharge may occur if infected


Immediate care is recommended for ingrown toenail relief to ensure limited disruption in your daily life and activities. Dr. Saeed sees a broad spectrum of patients, including athletes, and tailors his treatments based on your individual severity and needs.

 

What can cause an ingrown toenail?

Although there are several causes for ingrown toenails, the most treated reason is an easy mistake to make: trimming your toenail too short, especially on the sides. Pay particular attention to the edges of your nail when grooming and aim to avoid tapering the corners. This will prevent your nail from curving downward and growing directly into your skin.

Though the most common, grooming isn’t the only reason for this unpleasant condition. Other causes that frequently lead to ingrown toenails are:

  • Stubbing your toe, or similar trauma
  • Too tight shoes and/or socks
  • Hereditary predisposition
  • Fungal infection


If you’re unsure why you’ve developed an ingrown toenail, Dr. Saeed can help determine the cause and start you on the best treatment plan.

 

What treatments are available for an ingrown toenail?

Your feet are a crucial part of your body. Even the tiniest foot injury left untreated can grow into a more significant problem down the road. That's why it's critical to address an ingrown toenail as soon as possible.

Ingrown toenails can range from mild to severe, depending on the cause and length of the condition, so it’s recommended that you visit Dr. Saeed’s office for an evaluation as soon as you experience symptoms. If left untreated, not only will your pain worsen, your skin may begin to grow over the ingrown area, which can lead to infection and ultimately a more challenging condition to treat.

Dr. Saeed recommends soaking your foot in soapy, warm water several times a day to soothe and help relieve symptoms. Depending on the severity of your condition, he might prescribe antibiotics or even recommend surgery to remove the ingrown portion. The ultimate goal is to help you resume your daily activities as soon as possible.

If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, contact Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center. Booking is conveniently available online and by phone. Call today and get your foot and ankle issues resolved!