Knowing the signs of a serious problem will help you seek professional treatment from your podiatrist sooner.

If you rush through your next toenail trimming, don’t be surprised if you experience a painful little problem known as an ingrown toenail. They can develop rather quickly and are often due to trimming nails too short, or nicking the skin by mistake. Tight shoes and stubbing  

Ingrown Toenail

your toe can also cause ingrown toenails to arise. Sometimes as the nail continues to grow, the ingrown toenail may go away on its own. Sometimes warm water soaks and wearing open-toed shoes can help speed the healing process along; however, there are times where infection sets in and it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment at West Hartford Podiatry Associates in West Hartford, Connecticut right away.

When to Make an Appointment
If you notice any drainage, increased pain, redness or swelling   these are signs that an infection has developed in the skin. When this happens, you need to see your podiatrist immediately.
Also, if you haven’t noticed an improvement in your ingrown toenail symptoms after three days, it’s time to schedule a visit.
Those with diabetes, poor circulation, or other chronic conditions that may impede the healing process should also see their podiatrist right away for proper care.

Your Podiatrist Visit in West Hartford
The first thing we will do is examine your foot to properly diagnose whether you have an ingrown toenail or not. We will also discuss your medical history with you to see if you have any preexisting health conditions that could make this condition worse. Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, we will decide what the best course of treatment would be for you.

The treatments are often done after your toe is numb.  This process is not painful or scary and helps resolve the pain and associated infections quickly.

If you are concerned about an ingrown toenail, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Call us at (860) 236-2564 in West Hartford, if you notice any of the symptoms above.  Don’t suffer with the pain and discomfort of an ingrown nail. We can effectively treat your condition and get you back up and walking around in no time!