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Ingrown Toenails

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO

Ingrown toenails can become painful and infected without proper care and treatment. At Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Jessica Herzog, Dr. Ronnie Pollard, and Dr. Evan Smith offer treatment options to remove ingrown toenails and lower the risk of infections and other complications that can occur.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when part of the toenail ends up growing into the skin next to the affected toe. Although this condition can usually be treated at home, ingrown toenails can also become severe and increase the risk of infection. Those who have circulation problems or conditions such as diabetes are at an even higher risk of having complications from this condition.

What are the Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails?

Common symptoms of ingrown toenails include redness around the affected nail, swelling, soreness, and tenderness. The presence of pus can indicate that the ingrown nail has caused an infection, which requires medical care. Those who have ongoing pain from ingrown toenails or signs of infections should have this condition evaluated and professionally treated. Patients with diabetes or other conditions that cause problems with blood circulation should also have ingrown toenails checked and treated to prevent complications. Possible complications include bone infections and foot ulcers.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails can develop from wearing tight-fitting shoes that push the toes together. Other possible causes include trauma to toenails, toenails that are too short, and toenails with an unusual shape, such as severe curves.

How are Ingrown Toenails Diagnosed?

Diagnosing ingrown toenails involves checking the affected nail for visible symptoms, such as redness and swelling. Doctors also look for signs of an infection that might require the use of antibiotics for treatment.

How are Ingrown Toenails Treated?

Treatment options for ingrown toenails include raising the nail and putting a splint below it to keep the nail and skin separated. This splint must be changed on a daily basis and kept clean while the nail heals. Other options for more severe ingrown toenails include removing part of the nail by trimming it or using a laser or other method to remove the affected nail and underlying tissue, which is usually done for frequent ingrown toenails on the same toe. Treatment for infected toenails includes applying topical antibiotics or taking oral antibiotics.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Ingrown Toenails?

There are several ways to lower the risk of ingrown toenails, such as keeping nails trimmed straight across and letting toenails grow to a medium length. Other ways to reduce this risk include wearing shoes that aren’t too tight and wearing sturdy footwear to prevent trauma.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of them. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare