One of the most common conditions we treat at Kansas City Foot Specialists is ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail is the result of the edge of a toenail growing into the skin surrounding the nail area. The condition may be no more than an irritation for some patients, but it can become infected and lead to more serious conditions.
For diabetics and patients with low blood circulation, an ingrown toenail is even more threatening. An infection in these patients’ feet can turn into gangrene and spread infection to other parts of the body, posing a serious health risk.
An ingrown toenail can be caused by genetics, cutting toenails too short, poorly fitted shoes, and pulling or tearing nails instead of clipping them. Get more information about ingrown toenails by visiting our foot disorders page or requesting a consultation with Kansas City Foot Specialists.
Typically, ingrown toenails can be treated with non-invasive procedures, but more serious cases may require surgery, which is usually performed in the office, under local anesthesia.
If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail or another foot element, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.