What Is an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown Toenail

When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odor. However, even if the toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.

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Causes
Causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Heredity. In many people, the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited.
  • Trauma. Sometimes an ingrown toenail is the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe, or engaging in activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes, such as kicking or running.
  • Improper trimming. The most common cause of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. This encourages the skin next to the nail to fold over the nail.
  • Improperly sized footwear. Ingrown toenails can result from wearing socks and shoes that are tight or short.
  • Nail Conditions. Ingrown toenails can be caused by nail problems, such as fungal infections or losing a nail due to trauma.

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Sometimes initial treatment for ingrown toenails can be safely performed at home. However, home treatment is strongly discouraged if an infection is suspected, or for those who have medical conditions that put feet at high risk, such as diabetes, nerve damage in the foot, or poor circulation.

Home care:
If you don’t have an infection or any of the above medical conditions, you can soak your foot in room-temperature water (adding Epsom’s salt may be recommended by your doctor), and gently massage the side of the nail fold to help reduce the inflammation.

Avoid attempting “bathroom surgery.” Repeated cutting of the nail can cause the condition to worsen over time. If your symptoms fail to improve, it’s time to see a foot and ankle surgeon.

Physician care:
After examining the toe, the foot and ankle surgeon will select the treatment best suited for you. If an infection is present, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed.

Sometimes a minor surgical procedure, often performed in the office, will ease the pain and remove the offending nail. After applying a local anesthetic, the doctor removes part of the nail’s side border. Some nails may become ingrown again, requiring removal of the nail root.

Following the nail procedure, a light bandage will be applied. Most people experience very little pain after surgery and may resume normal activity the next day. If your surgeon has prescribed an oral antibiotic, be sure to take all the medication, even if your symptoms have improved.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:

  • Proper trimming. Cut toenails in a fairly straight line, and don’t cut them too short. You should be able to get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail.
  • Well-fitted shoes and socks. Don’t wear shoes that are short or tight in the toe area. Avoid shoes that are loose, because they too cause pressure on the toes, especially when running or walking briskly.

 

What You Should Know About Home Treatment 

  • Don’t cut a notch in the nail. Contrary to what some people believe, this does not reduce the tendency for the nail to curve downward.
  • Don’t repeatedly trim nail borders. Repeated trimming does not change the way the nail grows, and can make the condition worse.
  • Don’t place cotton under the nail. Not only does this not relieve the pain, it provides a place for harmful bacteria to grow, resulting in infection.
  • Over-the-counter medications are ineffective. Topical medications may mask the pain, but they don’t correct the underlying problem.

 

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Chicagoland and Evanston Podiatry Locations in Illinois:

Hyde Park Beverly
1644 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615Tel: (773) 752 2111
Fax: (773) 752 6703Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
9333 S. Western Avenue
Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60643Tel: (773) 445 8700
Fax: (773) 445 4646Click here for driving directions and location map
Gold Coast Orland Park
30 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610Tel: (312) 280 7886
Fax: (312) 280 9547Click here for driving,
directions and location
map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Suite #106
Orland Park, IL 60462by Lagrange road (Rt.45) and 144th PLTel: (708) 403 3668
Fax: (708) 403 3684Click here for driving directions and location map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Evanston Lakeview/ Lincoln Park
1605 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201Tel: (847) 424 9888
Fax: (847) 424 9649Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
3000 N. Halsted Street
Suite 621
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: (773) 871 2250
Fax: (773) 697 0134Click here for driving directions and location map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)

Northwest Indiana Podiatry Locations:

East Chicago Highland
(St. Catherine Hospital)
Professional Building
4320 Fir Street
Suite 216
East Chicago, IN 46312Tel: (219) 398 0100
Fax: (219) 398 4192Click here for driving directions and location map.
4320 Fir Street, Suite 216, East Chicago, IN 46312
3100 45th Avenue
Highland, IN 46322Tel: (219) 922 0510
Fax: (219) 972 6968Click here for driving directions and location map.
3100 45th Avenue, Highland, IN 46322

 

Munster
9134 Columbia Avenue
Suite B
Munster, IN 46321Tel: (219) 836 3112
Fax: (219) 836 3109Click here for driving directions and location map.
 

Advancing Tissue Healing Without Surgery by Foot Health Facts

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a new procedure called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Used in Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and Major League pitcher Takashi Saito, the technique also is being used to treat foot and ankle conditions in “weekend warriors” and to heal wounds in diabetics. It can even help those suffering from arthritis, according to Sean T. Grambart, DPM, FACFAS, an Illinois foot and ankle surgeon.

PRP is a growth factor found in blood platelets that can promote the healing of bones, cartilage, blood vessels, tendons and tissue. A small vial of the patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate out the PRP, which then is injected at the injury site.

According to Grambart, he has used PRP for almost three years now and has experienced successful responses with it in his patients. “I have seen positive outcomes with chronic Achilles tendon pain, bone healing for non-unions and acute ligament injuries in athletes. I also have seen it work well in patients with chronic pain syndromes.”

For example, Dr. Grambart uses PRP when conservative measures such as medication, splints and physical therapy have failed in patients with chronic Achilles tendon pain. “Instead of performing a surgical procedure that involves opening the Achilles tendon, removing the scar tissue and requiring the patient to have about a six-month recovery, we can inject PRP into the tendon to bring the growth factors directly to the tendon, which can stimulate healing.”

The biggest advantage, he said, is the recovery is easier for the patient. After the procedure, the patient wears a protective boot for about two to five days and then can start to advance activities. “Patients usually notice improvement within four to six weeks and if needed, additional injections can be given as well to maximize the benefit.”

PRP therapy, however, is not a cure-all. As with most treatments, it may not work for everyone, but research to find the full effectiveness of PRP in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions continues, Dr. Grambart acknowledged.

Dr. Grambart is optimistic about the potential uses of PRP. “I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg with how PRP affects the different tissues within the body and how it can be used to advance healing,” he said.

 

For all of your foot care questions and needs visit us online at http://www.FootExperts.com.

 

A Winning Strategy: Don’t Play Through Pain

TIMELY TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION KEY TO PROPER HEALING by Foot Health facts

Sometimes athletes can be their own worst enemy especially when they continue to play following an injury to a foot or ankle. To ensure proper recovery from an injury, athletes should seek a proper diagnosis, prompt treatment and full healing and rehabilitation.

Athletes often misunderstand how serious an injury can be and try to rush back into competition without appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. Some of the most difficult cases seen by foot and ankle surgeons are those in which athletes have continued to play after an injury. Orlando, Florida, foot and ankle surgeon, Robert Duggan, DPM, FACFAS, says, “Athletes often make the mistake of ignoring what seems like a minor foot or ankle injury because they are able to walk. Serious injuries can exist even when the foot or ankle is able to accept weight or pressure.”

PlayingSoccer.jpgOne such injury involves the Lisfranc joint, on the top of the foot. It’s possible to walk with a Lisfranc injury, but this can lead to damage to the soft tissues of the foot or even chronic conditions such as arthritis. “Sometimes the pain of this injury is mistaken for an ankle sprain, but treatment for the two conditions is very different,” Dr. Duggan comments.

Another injury that may be overlooked is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal—the bone that runs along the outer side of the foot. This can accompany an ankle sprain, or the athlete may think it’s a sprain. However, this injury is difficult to heal, and continuing to participate in sports will make it worse.

Playing with pain is never a good strategy for athletes. Prompt treatment is. “Foot and ankle surgeons can determine the best course of treatment for the specific injury and help get athletes back into the game,” Dr. Duggan comments.

 For all your foot care questions please contact us online at http://www.FootExperts.com

Diabetic Foot Care, Why do you need Diabetic Shoes?

A common side effect of diabetes is “peripheral neuropathy,” which causes loss of sensation in the extremities. Ill-fitting shoes that rub or pinch the feet excessively can lead to ulceration and foot injury, simply because the diabetic does not feel the injury until it is too late.

The Foot and Ankle Clinics of America supports the research which states properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing such injuries. By partnering with Dr. Comfort, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America can provide footwear and specialty insoles for diabetics to help alleviate and/or prevent foot pain and injury.

Diabetic shoes are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special diabetic insoles. To ensure proper fit, minimize rubbing and uneven weight distribution, pedorthic insoles for diabetics are generally custom made for the patient’s feet, thus preventing injury. It is also important for a diabetic to have shoes with good air circulation; therefore many diabetic footwear features fabric or sandal-style uppers.

If you have any questions about diabetic shoes and their benefits, please contact one of our offices today to speak with one of our podiatrists about your specific needs.

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We are happy to hear from you. Please contact us using the information below:

Chicagoland and Evanston Podiatry Locations in Illinois:

Hyde Park Beverly
1644 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615Tel: (773) 752 2111
Fax: (773) 752 6703Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
9333 S. Western Avenue
Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60643Tel: (773) 445 8700
Fax: (773) 445 4646Click here for driving directions and location map
Gold Coast Orland Park
30 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610Tel: (312) 280 7886
Fax: (312) 280 9547Click here for driving,
directions and location
map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Suite #106
Orland Park, IL 60462by Lagrange road (Rt.45) and 144th PLTel: (708) 403 3668
Fax: (708) 403 3684Click here for driving directions and location map.
9501 W. 144th Place
Evanston Lakeview/ Lincoln Park
1605 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201Tel: (847) 424 9888
Fax: (847) 424 9649Click here for driving
directions and location
map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
3000 N. Halsted Street
Suite 621
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: (773) 871 2250
Fax: (773) 697 0134Click here for driving directions and location map.
(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)

Northwest Indiana Podiatry Locations:

East Chicago Highland
(St. Catherine Hospital)
Professional Building
4320 Fir Street
Suite 216
East Chicago, IN 46312Tel: (219) 398 0100
Fax: (219) 398 4192Click here for driving directions and location map.
4320 Fir Street, Suite 216, East Chicago, IN 46312
3100 45th Avenue
Highland, IN 46322Tel: (219) 922 0510
Fax: (219) 972 6968Click here for driving directions and location map.
3100 45th Avenue, Highland, IN 46322

 

Munster
9134 Columbia Avenue
Suite B
Munster, IN 46321Tel: (219) 836 3112
Fax: (219) 836 3109Click here for driving directions and location map.
9134 Columbia Avenue, Suite B, Munster, IN 46321

 

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Common Foot Problems Treated by Foot and Ankle Clinics of America

Most Common Problems Treated by Foot and Ankle Clinics

Common Problems Treated by Our Doctors
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet
  • Foot Pain
  • Athlete’s Feet
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Swollen Feet
  • Toenail Fungus

Welcome to Foot and Ankle Clinics of America, the Chicago podiarty experts, which has 9 locations in the Chicago-land, Northwest Indiana and Evanston area. We specialize in solving foot and ankle problems.

 

Our trusted, caring group of doctors are here to serve you and help you achieve optimum health through multitude of services. Whether it’s simple, but sometimes life-changing advice or advanced surgical care, we have the answers for you…

Foot & Ankle Clinics of America treat ailments such as Sport Injuries, Bunions, Heel Pain, Ingrown Toenails, Warts, Arthritic / Joint Pain, Diabetic Ulcers, Bone Spurs, Hammertoes, Neuromas and Toenail Fungus.

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About Foot and Ankle Clinics of America (FACA)

 

Foot and Ankle Clinics of America (FACA)

Established in 1981, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America is recognized among the best established practices in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Peers and patients regard them as being highly innovative and professionally competent.

Taking great pride in the quality of our Podiatric care, it is our philosophy to offer Patient Focused Podiatry. At FACA, this means the needs of our patients are paramount.

Our aim is ensuring the highest quality podiatric care available, in an environment specifically designed for this purpose. From simple and routine treatments, to laser therapy and minor surgery, we endeavor to make every experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

We try at all times to treat our patients as we would like to be treated ourselves. Our caring and gentle approach places great emphasis upon listening to the concerns of each patient, enabling us to tailor the treatment which best suits the needs of the individual. Whether it be your foot or ankle, we’ll work together to find the answers that will bring relief. Our holistic approach considers maintenance and prevention as important as treatment and cure.

Because of our philosophy, most of our new patients have found us through personal referral. This may be from friends and family or through their own general practitioner. Referrals are very important to us, as they are the best examples of patient satisfaction.

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For all Appointments and Inquiries, please call: (773) 752 2111

We are happy to hear from you. Please contact us using the information below:

Chicagoland and Evanston Podiatry Locations in Illinois:

Hyde Park Beverly
1644 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615 

Tel: (773) 752 2111
Fax: (773) 752 6703

Click here for driving
directions and location
map.

9333 S. Western Avenue
Suite 102
Chicago, IL 60643 

Tel: (773) 445 8700
Fax: (773) 445 4646

Click here for driving directions and location map

Gold Coast Orland Park
30 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610 

Tel: (312) 280 7886
Fax: (312) 280 9547

Click here for driving,
directions and location
map.

9501 W. 144th Place
Suite #106
Orland Park, IL 60462 

by Lagrange road (Rt.45) and 144th PL

Tel: (708) 403 3668
Fax: (708) 403 3684

Click here for driving directions and location map.

9501 W. 144th Place
Evanston Lakeview/ Lincoln Park
1605 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 

Tel: (847) 424 9888
Fax: (847) 424 9649

Click here for driving
directions and location
map.

(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
3000 N. Halsted Street
Suite 621
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: (773) 871 2250
Fax: (773) 697 0134 

Click here for driving directions and location map.

(Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center)

Northwest Indiana Podiatry Locations:

East Chicago Highland
(St. Catherine Hospital)
Professional Building
4320 Fir Street
Suite 216
East Chicago, IN 46312 

Tel: (219) 398 0100
Fax: (219) 398 4192

Click here for driving directions and location map.

4320 Fir Street, Suite 216, East Chicago, IN 46312
3100 45th Avenue
Highland, IN 46322 

Tel: (219) 922 0510
Fax: (219) 972 6968

Click here for driving directions and location map.

3100 45th Avenue, Highland, IN 46322
Munster
9134 Columbia Avenue
Suite B
Munster, IN 46321 

Tel: (219) 836 3112
Fax: (219) 836 3109

Click here for driving directions and location map.

9134 Columbia Avenue, Suite B, Munster, IN 46321

Email: info@footexperts.com
Website: www.footexperts.com

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