Ingrown Toenail

Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic

Mikol Anderson, DPM

Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Salt Lake City, UT

An estimated 40 million American adults have an ingrown toenail at some time in their life. If you’re among them, take note: You don’t have to live with the discomfort or pain any longer if you see experienced podiatrist Mikol Anderson, DPM, at Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic. In the comfortable Salt Lake City, Utah, office, Dr. Anderson offers same-day appointments to treat new and recurrent ingrown toenails. Find out how to permanently end the pain of ingrown toenails by calling the office or booking a visit with the online scheduler.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail grows into your skin, usually at one corner of your big toe. This causes discomfort, pain, swelling, skin reddening, and other issues on the side of your toe. 

As the nail grows in the wrong direction, it breaks your skin in that area. Even a minuscule break in your skin can allow harmful microorganisms like bacteria to get into your body and cause an infection. 

An infection can be quite serious for anyone if untreated. For diabetes sufferers, however, an infected ingrown toenail that lacks proper care could even be serious enough to cause toe or foot loss. 

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails can develop in anyone from infants to geriatric patients. Dr. Anderson has successfully treated ingrown toenails in patients as young as 3 months old, in fact. 

Inherited conditions

Sometimes, ingrown toenails develop because of an inherited curved nail condition like pincer nails, which naturally curl under at the corners. 

Incorrect toenail trimming

Many cases of ingrown toenails happen because of improper toenail trimming. Although it's generally ideal to cut toenails straight across, many patients round toenails in the same rounded fashion as fingernails. Unfortunately, this allows toenails to embed themselves in your skin. 

Trauma

Physical foot trauma, like stubbing your toe or someone standing on your foot, can cause an ingrown toenail. 

Tight shoes

If your shoes are too tight, the shoe continually pressures your toes. This can force your nail to start growing the wrong way and create an ingrown toenail. 

Dr. Anderson can evaluate your toenail and review your medical history to determine the cause of your ingrown nail. He then determines the best treatment plan to give you permanent ingrown toenail relief.

How do you treat ingrown toenails?

When you discover an ingrown toenail, contact Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic for guidance. Dr. Anderson may initially recommend conservative care at home.

For recurrent ingrown toenails, Dr. Anderson can remove a portion of the embedded nail, or even the whole nail where necessary. Your nail then grows back over time. 

If your ingrown toenail keeps returning, however, a permanent nail removal is often best. Dr. Anderson uses a special chemical treatment that kills the nail matrix so it can't regrow. 

For the best in permanent ingrown toenail solutions, call Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic or use online booking now. Same-day appointments are available.