Do I Really Need a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails can cause pain and become infected, which can lead to even more severe problems. Most people try to deal with them on their own and avoid going to a podiatrist. They walk around with throbbing pain that is excruciating. At District Foot and Ankle, we see patients who have gone far too long with an ingrown toenail. So when should you see a doctor about an ingrown toenail? The answer is – the minute you have a problem. A Virginia podiatrist can take care of your toe issue quickly.

The Problem Doesn’t Stay Mild

Initially, the ingrown toenail may seem a small issue, but each day it is left unattended, the farther it digs into the toe. When this happens, you can experience:

  • Increased pain
  • Increased sensitivity
  • A wound that can become infected

If it becomes infected, that infection can spread to other areas such as the bone. If you have neuropathy or diabetes, you have to be extra cautious. An ingrown toenail can become a big problem fast. It is simply not worth the risk to let it go.

It’s Quick & Easy to Fix

When you make an appointment, we can typically take care of your ingrown toenail that day. If you live in Virginia, foot and ankle problems are what we do. Contact us today and avoid a serious problem.