Here's Why You Want to Visit Your Podiatrist for Ingrown Toenails

Podiatrist, Ingrown Toenails, Achilles Foot Care

Ingrown toenails can quickly become infected 

Your feet are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria: Because of shoes, socks, and sweat, they provide all the warm, dark moisture that bacteria need to survive and thrive. For this reason, open skin and sores on your feet are at high risk of becoming infected by the normal bacteria that live on your skin when they enter the wound. 

By visiting a podiatrist early, you can prevent an infection from occurring or identify and treat it before any long-term complications occur. Untreated infections can lead to minor complications like soreness or major complications like amputations and sepsis, depending on your health and risk factors. 

The soreness and pain can make everyday tasks unbearable 

The sooner you get to your podiatrist, the sooner you can get the relief you need from the pain associated with your ingrown toenail. Your podiatrist can treat the condition and any associated infection as well as recommend footwear that gives you just the space and protection you need while you heal. Sometimes your shoes are the primary cause of your pain!

Ingrown toenails often return 

Without cutting out part of the nail matrix, ingrown toenails are prone to return. When you seek treatment from a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Patrick D. Roberto at Achilles Foot Care, he reviews your case carefully to assess the risk of return and removes part of the nail matrix to prevent that from happening when indicated. 

Treatment is quick and nearly painless

Home treatment of ingrown toenails is often long, drawn out, and uncomfortable, but treatment from a podiatrist is relatively quick and pain-free. Dr. Roberto will first numb your toe so you don't experience any discomfort, and he will then cut out the part of your toenail that has cut into the soft flesh of your toe as well as part of the nail matrix if necessary. 

What this means for you is that in just an hour or less, you can be relieved of your ingrown toenail and be on the way to recovery, whereas home treatment can take weeks or even months when it's effective. 

You have medical conditions that increase your risk of complications

If you have periphery vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, or diabetes, open skin on your feet can lead to very serious complications and require immediate evaluation and treatment from an experienced podiatrist. 

If you're struggling with an ingrown toenail, book online with Achilles Foot Care today to start your recovery right away.

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