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Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

An ingrown toenail is known for causing severe stabbing pain in your toe. Tad Borland, DPM, MS, of Step Right Podiatry knows that a seemingly minor ingrown toenail can quickly become dangerously infected, and he performs ingrown toenail surgery right in the office. Before your ingrown toenail worsens, schedule an appointment at this Ambridge, Pennsylvania, based podiatry clinic. Book online or over the phone.

Ingrown Toenail

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails develop for a variety of reasons and some men and women are just more prone to developing them than others. The most common cause of an ingrown toenail is improper nail trimming. If you tear your toenails or cut them so that they’re curved at the edges, your nail can start growing into your skin and become ingrown.

These risk factors and issues can also cause ingrown toenails:

  • Toenail injury
  • Wearing snug shoes
  • Unusually curved nails

An ingrown toenail isn’t something to ignore. If left untreated, it can become so infected, you develop a serious bone infection that can spread to other parts of your body.

How do I know if I have an ingrown toenail?

Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail are generally obvious. For instance, you might notice redness or swelling on the side of your nail bed, possibly even on both sides. You could even experience:

  • Tenderness or soreness
  • Severe inflammation
  • Oozing or visible pus

It’s important to see Dr. Borland at Step Right Podiatry right away if your discomfort seems to be worsening or spreading, or if it just isn’t getting any better.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

Dr. Borland regularly performs ingrown toenail procedures and knows just how to use gentle techniques to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. If you have a minor ingrown toenail that isn’t infected, you may only need a small splint placed under your nail. This helps your nail grow up and out, rather than into your skin.

But if your toenail is severely ingrown or infected, you might need an ingrown toenail surgery, which is a very minor and effective procedure. After thoroughly numbing your toe, Dr. Borland carefully trims away the ingrown part of your nail.

If you continue struggling with ingrown toenails, Dr. Borland can use a laser or chemical solution to permanently stop future toenail growth for part of your nail, or even your entire nail, if needed.

Schedule your ingrown toenail evaluation at Step Right Podiatry today. You can request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.