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Stop the Suffering from an Ingrown Toenail

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Ingrown toenails are a definitely an unwelcome nuisance. At minimum, they typically cause swelling, tenderness, soreness, and painful sensitivity to pressure. Worse cases may also involve pus or infection, including the potential for a much more stubborn fungal nail condition. While some people are hereditarily predisposed to acquiring them, they can happen to anyone—whether from injury, improper trimming, tight shoes, or any number of other precipitating factors.

Fortunately, there’s good news! In the vast majority of cases, professional ingrown toenail treatment isn’t painful, isn’t scary, doesn’t require more than a quick office visit, and can deliver rapid relief from pain. The No.1 “complaint” we hear from patients who stop by for treatment? That they didn’t visit us sooner.

For painful nails, we often perform a minor surgical procedure right in our office, using a local anesthetic. We gently cut and remove a small portion of the nail—specifically, the border edge digging into your skin—and lightly bandage it. If there’s any infection, of course, we’ll provide additional treatment and prescribe the necessary antibiotics.

The news gets better: in most cases, this procedure (along with some gentle aftercare strategies) is thoroughly effective in most cases. Most people are able to return to their regular activities very soon—often the very next day—and few suffer from pain after their surgery. If you find the problem recurs frequently, we can also remove a portion of the nail bed along the border, which means that the frequently ingrown edge will not come back after it’s been removed.

Stop suffering even one minute longer than you have to! If you’re struggling with a painful ingrown toenail—especially one that keeps coming back or is infected—don’t keep dragging your feet on treatment. Visit Family Foot and Ankle Center for relief. We have six convenient office locations in Ohio and Kentucky, in and around Cincinnati, for you to visit. To schedule an appointment, please use our contact form or call 888-689-3317.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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