You Can't Always Treat an Ingrown Toenail Yourself
By Dr. Edward Tjoe
August 05, 2016
Category: Podiatric Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Discover the telltale signs that it’s time you sought professional treatment for your ingrown toenail.

An ingrown toenail can be a painful ordeal; fortunately, many people can deal with them on their own. However, our Jersey City podiatrist Dr. Edward Tjoe is here to provide you with the telltale warning signs that we might need to properly treat your ingrown toenail.Ingrown Toenails

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

If you truly have an ingrown toenail then you may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • A warming sensation
  • Drainage
  • Discomfort while moving around
  • A bad odor

How does an ingrown toenail develop?

There are many reasons why you might be dealing with an ingrown toenail. While the most common reason is trimming the nails improperly (cutting them too short or trimming them at a curve), here are some other causes:

  • Injury to the toe or the nail
  • Toenail infection
  • Genetics
  • Wearing improperly fitted shoes

Those whose ingrown toenails are due to genetics may also deal with chronic ingrown toenail problems.

When should I see my Jersey City foot doctor?

If you are noticing any pain or signs of infection such as fever, pus, a foul odor or redness then you need to visit us right away. This is not a problem you can treat properly on your own with commercial medicines or remedies.

Also, those with diabetes, blood diseases or circulation problems should also see us regularly, but particularly if you are dealing with an ingrown toenail or other issues. Ignoring these symptoms could lead to a serious infection, which could spread to the bone and cause some serious health complications. So the sooner you visit us for treatment the better.

Don’t let an ingrown toenail affect your daily life. Call your podiatrist in Jersey City, NJ Dr. Edward Tjoe today to schedule your next appointment.

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