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Ingrown nails usually affect the big toe and occur first as a minor inconvenience which can progress into a major issue if left untreated. If you feel some pain and notice some swelling and redness on and around your toe, it is most likely an ingrown toenail. Orvitz Podiatry Clinic in St. Catharines offers safe, effective, and completely customizable diagnostics and treatments for ingrown nails. Our experienced podiatrist, Stevan Orvitz, D.P.M, provides a range of foot care treatments and services that can help you get rid of all your foot problems.
Are you looking for ingrown nail treatment in St. Catherines? Schedule your appointment at our foot clinic at your convenience.
Nails and toenails normally grow straight out. When one or both corners or sides of your nail curve and grow into the soft flesh of your nail groove, causing pain, irritation, swelling, and redness, it is most likely an ingrown nail. It is one of the most common foot problems. While it often affects the big toe, it can affect other toes as well.
If you tend to trim the sides of your toenails very short, it could set the stage for an ingrown nail. This technique can encourage your toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. Wearing shoes that are too tight, toe trauma, and congenital reasons can also be a cause of this condition.
If you’re feeling any discomfort on your foot or toes, contact us for quick and efficient diagnostics for ingrown nails and effective treatments in St. Catharines.
Ingrown toenails are best treated as soon as the symptoms are noticed. When we diagnose an ingrown nail early and before infection, we will advise the following non-surgical steps that you can do at home to prevent further treatment and possible surgery:
If there is no improvement within 2-3 days, or if your condition worsens, we may consider a slightly more invasive approach to treatment which could limit your mobility for 2-3 weeks.
If excessive inflammation, swelling, pain, and discharge are present, it generally indicates an infection and will need minor surgery along with oral antibiotics. Your nail or a part of it may need to be surgically removed along with a portion of the underlying nail bed, some of the adjacent soft tissues, and even a part of the growth center depending on your condition. Surgery will eliminate the ingrown nail edge. Severe cases may require permanent removal of the affected border.
When you feel any discomfort in your foot, you can count on Orvitz Podiatry Clinic to give you a proper diagnosis, confirm the severity of your condition and advise suitable treatments. With more than 35 years of experience providing foot care services, products, and personalized solutions for all kinds of issues, our podiatrists in St. Catharines can relieve and cure all your foot pains. Browse through our FAQs and call us to book your appointment at our foot clinic now!