Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Palm Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL

Ingrown toenails are usually more of a minor nuisance than a serious medical condition, but they can lead to severe complications for people with diabetes. Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, provides complete care for ingrown toenails at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you have diabetes or suspect an ingrown toenail is infected, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are common foot problems that occur when the side of the nail grows into the bordering skin. This causes swelling, pain, and redness. Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe. 

If an ingrown toenail breaks your skin, bacteria can enter and cause an infection. Without prompt treatment, the infection may spread. 

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are common, especially among athletes who use their feet extensively and in older adults with thicker toenails. Many things can cause ingrown toenails, including:

  • Trimming toenails too short 
  • Cutting toenails at a curve instead of straight across
  • Having unusually curved toenails
  • Wearing shoes or socks that are too tight
  • Injuring your toenail

Activities that put a lot of pressure on your feet, such as ballet, soccer, and kickboxing, may increase your risk of ingrown toenails. 

When should I see a specialist for an ingrown toenail?

Most ingrown toenails get better with home treatments, like soaking your foot in room-temperature water and gently massaging the side of the nail. You should call Dr. Schilero about an ingrown toenail if any of the following apply:

  • The toenail shows signs of infection, such as redness and pus drainage
  • The toenail is extremely painful
  • Symptoms don’t improve with home care
  • You have diabetes 

When people with diabetes develop ingrown toenails, they have a higher risk of complications, such as infection and amputation. If you have diabetes, it’s important to check your feet every day and call Dr. Schilero at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. 

How are ingrown toenails diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Schilero reviews your symptoms and medical history and carefully examines your toe. Then, she recommends the best course of treatment for your particular condition. 

If your toe is infected, she may prescribe an antibiotic. In some cases, Dr. Schilero may perform a minor, in-office foot surgery using a local anesthetic. A nail that continues to become ingrown and infected may require a more extensive surgical procedure to remove the nail root. 

For professional care of an ingrown toenail, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.