The world renowned fashion week in Milan finished up just a few weeks ago with many new young designers and hot trends having hit the runways. It is always interesting to see the footwear that makes its debut – this time it was the high-heeled, pointed-toe open back mule that took center stage.
Wearing any type of tight, pointed shoe for a length of time can put you at risk for an ingrown toenail. This is when the toenail curves and grows into the surrounding skin. Trimming your toenails too short or curved can also cause one to develop. When one occurs, it can turn into a red, swollen, painful and often infected problem. At this point, it is necessary for experts such as Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt to step in and bring your nail back to health.
There are several home remedies and lifestyle changes that can take care of this problem in the beginning stages, but when it progresses into a more serious condition, you may need to have part of the nail removed. While this may sound scary, our doctors and staff will walk you through each step of the way. It is a minor procedure done in our office under local anesthetic. A small portion of the affected nail is removed and the nail root is destroyed, which permanently fixes your ingrown toenail problem. Our patients are typically able to resume all of their normal activities within a few weeks time.
An ingrown toenail can quickly progress and tends to recur if not treated properly. Please contact Dallas Podiatry Works as soon as symptoms are noticed. If you have one that has become red, painful and infected, do not wait to seek treatment, especially if you have an underlying condition such as diabetes. To make an appointment, call our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.