Ingrown Nails Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Ingrown nails occur when the corners or sides of your nail dig painfully into your skin, which often causes an infection. Because ingrown toenails can progress and become seriously painful, James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, offer in-office ingrown toenail care at Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois. If you have a tender, throbbing ingrown toenail, don’t hesitate to book an evaluation at the Norwood Park office today. Click the online scheduling tool or call to book by phone.

Ingrown Nails

Why do I get ingrown nails?

Usually, ingrown toenails develop because of improper nail trimming. For example, if you trim your toenails too short or round out the edges, your nail is more likely to cut into surrounding skin as it grows. However, poor pedicure techniques aren’t the only thing to blame. Your ingrown nails may stem from:

  • Abnormal foot structure
  • Previous toe injury
  • Fungal nails 
  • Shoe pressure

You may also be prone to suffering from agonizing ingrown toenails because of your nail shape. If your nails are very curved, for instance, you’re more likely to develop ingrown toenails than someone who has flatter nails. 

What are the symptoms of ingrown nails?

One of the most common complaints ingrown toenail sufferers have is severe, shooting, electric-like pains every time they put pressure on their toes while standing or walking. Depending on the severity of your ingrown nail, you could also have:

  • Oozing or bleeding 
  • Tenderness
  • Redness 
  • Swelling 

Your big toenail is more likely to become ingrown than the nails on your smaller toes, but it’s certainly possible for any of your nails to become ingrown. In any case, if any of these symptoms affect you or you continue to develop ingrown toenails, contact Ankle & Foot Specialists as soon as possible.  

How does a podiatrist treat ingrown nails?

The podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Specialists understand how debilitating an ingrown toenail can be, so they offer personalized in-office treatments to help you get fast and effective relief. Your podiatrist will likely recommend an ingrown toenail procedure to correct your nail. 

For maximum patient comfort, your podiatrist can thoroughly numb your toe with a small injection. They gently trim away the ingrown portion of your nail, reshape your nail to prevent further problems, and treat any infection directly. 

In more severe cases, your podiatrist could recommend removing your toenail entirely. Usually, complete nail removal is only necessary if you have a severe infection or you regularly develop ingrown nails. 

Ankle & Foot Specialists provides fast and effective ingrown toenail procedures right in the office, so you won’t have to live another day in pain. Book your visit online or by phone today.