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An ingrown toenail is when the nail grows into the flesh instead of on top of it.  Ouch.  They are super painful and can cause bad infections if not taken care of reasonably quickly.  If an infection is left untreated for too long it can get into the bone and cause serious problems.  Sometimes Dr. Cohen will just trim back the ingrowing part of the nail.  However, they tend to re-occur in most people who suffer from them so usually Dr. Cohen will permanently remove the ingrowing part of the nail so that it won't grow back.  The toe is numbed (of course!) so most people find lots of relief from having the nail removed. 

By contactus
March 24, 2011
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Is the skin around one of your toenails swollen and tender?  If so, there’s a good chance you have an ingrown nail.  When you first have an ingrown toenail they can become very tender.  Later, it may get red and infected, and feel very sore. Ingrown toenails are a very common, painful condition that affect people of all ages. 

Ingrown nails may develop for many reasons.  Most ingrown nails are caused by a person’s natural curvature of their toenail. However, trauma, like stubbing your toe or having your toe stepped on, may also cause an ingrown nail.  Tight fitting shoes or not trimming your nails properly can also cause the nail to grow inward.

Ingrown toenails should be treated as soon as you recognize you have one. If they are recognized early (and aren’t infected), treating them at home may prevent the need for further treatment.  Home care may include soaking the footin warm water 3-4 times/day, wearing comfortable shoes with adequate room for the toes, and something over the counter for pain relief.

If excessive redness, inflammation, swelling, pain, and/or discharge are present, the toenail is probably infected and should be treated by one of the Foot and Ankle physicians right away.  You can have a same-day in office procedure that is effective in eliminating the nail edge from growing back. Dr. William Cohen, at his St. Thomas Hospital office in Nashville says, “The procedure permanently removes the nail border so it is no longer a chronic problem.  Many patients who have suffered with ingrown nails for a long time tell me they wish they had done it years ago.”

Call us today at 662-6676 to schedule an appointment if you think you may be suffering with an ingrown nail … You’ll be glad you did!