Ingrown Nails

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

For such a seemingly small problem, an ingrown toenail can make your life fairly miserable. Thankfully, the solution is simple, with the right help. At Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Trevor Haynes offers immediate relief and same-day appointments for his patients in Portland and Sandy, Oregon, allowing them to get on with their lives without the throbbing pain of an ingrown toenail. To learn more, call one of the offices or request an appointment using the online form.

Ingrown Nails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of your nail grow into your flesh rather than up and over it. Ingrown toenails typically strike your big toe and can develop on either outside edge. While not particularly dangerous, ingrown toenails can cause enough pain that you can’t wear shoes, or even get enough sleep, thanks to the throbbing pain.

What are the signs of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are very hard to ignore thanks to the pain they cause. As the edge of your nail digs into the flesh surrounding your foot, you’re left with moderate to severe pain and extreme tenderness, making even the slightest touch almost unbearable.

In addition to the pain, you may notice redness and swelling in your toe. In extreme cases, you can develop an infection if the toenail opens the flesh as it pushes in.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are caused by several things, including:

  • Not trimming your toenails properly (curved rather than straight across)
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Shoes that crowd your toes
  • Unusually curved toenails

Whatever the underlying cause, you’re left with a toe that hijacks your entire well-being thanks to the discomfort of an ingrown toenail.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

The good news with ingrown toenails is that the solution is fairly easy. When you see Dr. Haynes, his goal is to relieve your immediate pain, which he does by numbing your foot and removing the piece of nail that’s causing the problem.

If you’re prone to ingrown toenails because of an unusual curvature of your nail, Dr. Haynes may perform a very minor procedure to remove the root of the nail. Rest assured, he only removes the root along the outside edges, leaving the rest of your toenail intact.

While the treatment for an ingrown toenail is relatively quick and easy, you shouldn’t try to fix the problem on your own, as you can do more harm than good and put yourself at risk for infection. This is especially important if you have diabetes. At the first signs of an ingrown toenail, see Dr. Haynes immediately for expert care.

To get relief from your ingrown toenail, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.