Ingrown Toenail Specialists
Millions of Americans suffer from ingrown toenails. Sometimes, the pain is so severe they find themselves missing work and canceling social activities. “Why, then, do they avoid treatment?” you might be asking. The reasons are simple: they do not know a permanent laser procedure is available, and they are afraid of pain. What they don’t realize is that home remedies are often more painful than proper medical treatment.
Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the victim of this condition, but other toes can also become affected. This can lead to painful infections and loss of mobility. If you suspect an infection due to an ingrown toenail, immerse the foot in a warm Epsom salt-water soak for 20 minutes and repeat twice a day for 3 days, if there is no improvement call our office.
The dangers of “fixing” ingrown toenails at home include:
- increased pain
- infection which might necessitate more extensive treatment
- Serious complications in people with circulatory problems and diabetes, such as infection, gangrene and threatened limb loss
The real causes of ingrown toenails are:
- Family history
- Tight fitting shoes or socks
- Curved nails
- Fungus nail infection
- Trauma (injury) to the nail
Now, there is an office laser procedure that eliminates ingrown toenails permanently. The laser cauterizes the root of the ingrown portion of nail, allowing the toenail to grow normal and straight. The procedure can be comfortably performed in the office. You will be able to walk immediately.
For further information please call Dr. Neal Houslanger & Dr. Matthew Kassnove at 654-3838.