If you have ever had an ingrown toenail, then you know how painful it can be, especially when wearing shoes. Ingrown toenails can quickly become infected, and if not treated in a timely manner, you may lose your entire toenail, sustain tissue damage, or develop nerve damage. Here are some ways foot surgeons in Racine, WI, treat infected ingrown toenails.
The most common treatment for an infected ingrown toenail is the application of antibiotic ointments. They are available over-the-counter, however, your foot doctor may recommend that you use a prescription antibacterial ointment to treat your infection.
Depending on your doctor’s preference and manufacturer’s suggested directions, you may need to apply the ointment a few times a day. After applying the ointment, your doctor will recommend that you keep it covered with a bandage. When topical antibiotic ointments fail to resolve infected ingrown toenails, foot surgeons in Racine, WI, may recommend oral antibiotics.
If your infection fails to resolve after taking a course of oral antibiotics, you may need to have part of your toenail removed. Your foot surgeon will numb the area with a local anesthetic before starting the procedure.
In severe cases, your entire toenail may need to be removed, however, total nail removal is typically reserved for severe cases. Having your complete toenail removed may cause it to grow back crooked or otherwise malformed.
To learn more about ingrown toenail treatment options, call Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Centers or stop by the website at Greatlakesfootankle.com.