Ingrown Toenail Treatment at Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin of the toe, causing pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes infection. This common condition can affect individuals of any age and can significantly impact daily activities. The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome offers effective treatments for ingrown toenails, focusing on pain relief, infection prevention, and correction of the nail’s growth.

Understanding Ingrown Toenails:

Ingrown toenails can develop on any toe but are most common on the big toe. They result from various factors, including improper nail trimming, tight footwear, toe injuries, or genetic predispositions. Symptoms often include pain at the toe edges, swelling, and redness, with or without infection.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails:

  • Improper Nail Trimming: Cutting toenails too short or not straight across can encourage nails to grow into the skin.
  • Tight Footwear: Shoes that crowd the toes can press the nail into the toe skin.
  • Injury: Toe injuries can alter nail growth, leading to ingrown toenails.
  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to ingrown toenails due to the natural shape of their nails.

Our Treatments for Ingrown Toenails:

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Proper Foot Care: Teaching proper nail trimming techniques.
  • Soaking: Warm soaks to reduce swelling and ease discomfort.
  • Antibiotics: If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed.
  • Lifting the Nail: For less severe ingrown toenails, gently lifting the edge of the ingrown nail and placing cotton or a dental floss to encourage proper growth.

Surgical treatment may be necessary for severe or recurrent ingrown toenails. Procedures can involve removing a portion of the ingrown nail or, in some cases, removing the nail root to prevent recurrence.

Why Choose Our Center in Rome, GA?

The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients suffering from ingrown toenails. Our team of specialists employs the latest treatments and techniques to ensure quick relief and long-term solutions, personalized to each patient’s needs.


Q: How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
A: Preventive measures include trimming nails straight across and not too short, wearing properly fitting shoes, and protecting feet from injury.

Q: Can ingrown toenails heal on their own?
A: Mild ingrown toenails can sometimes resolve with proper home care, but more severe cases often require professional treatment to prevent infection and alleviate pain.

Q: When should I see a doctor for an ingrown toenail?
A: You should seek medical attention if you experience severe pain, signs of infection (redness, swelling, warmth, pus), or if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

Q: Is ingrown toenail surgery painful?
A: Local anesthesia is used during ingrown toenail surgery to minimize pain.
Post-surgery discomfort is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

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