We’ll spare you the pain and worry that comes with ingrown toenail removal. At Texas Foot Surgeons, we specialize in this common problem.

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails are very common and are easily treatable in most cases. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail has grown into the skin on the side of the toenail bed, causing pain and inflammation. This happens most often on the big toe but could be on any of the toes where the nail hasn’t been cut correctly, the toes have been crowded in shoes or there has been repeated trauma to the feet. 

Signs of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Pain
  • Redness and swelling
  • Drainage
  • Odor

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Many people try ingrown toenail treatment at home. This can be dangerous, especially for patients with diabetes or circulatory disease. Do not try to cut the toenail back on an infected toe. This could easily make the infection worse. The best course of treatment is to make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for an office procedure that is quick, nearly painless, permanently resolves the ingrown toenail and is covered by insurance. We can offer same day appointments so that you don’t have to wait for relief!

Diagnosis and Treatment

At Texas Foot Surgeons, our Board Certified foot and ankle specialists can help patients of all ages with ingrown toenail removal.  Treatment includes removing the ingrown portion of the nail and, if needed, prescribe a topical or oral medication to treat any infection.  If ingrown nails are a chronic problem, our physicians can perform a procedure to permanently prevent ingrown nails. The corner of the nail that is ingrown, along with the matrix, or root of the nail area are removed by use of chemical matrixectomy.  Local anesthetic is used for the patients comfort.

Prevention

  • Trim toenails properly by cutting them straight across, not longer than the tip of the toes. Do not dig into the corners and only gently round off the corner of the nail with a nail file. Use toenail clippers.
  • Avoid shoes with pointy or narrow toe boxes.
  • Never rip or tear edges of nails.

Don’t wait to see if it will get better on its own. In most cases it will not. Request an appointment at one of our locations in The Woodlands and Conroe for quick relief!