An Ingrown Toenail Requires Professional Attention

Have you ever experienced an ingrown toenail? Every year, millions of men, women, and children suffer from this common foot ailment. Unfortunately, many suffer even more because they attempt to resolve the issue at home. An ingrown toenail should receive the professional attention and care of an expert podiatrist like Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos.

An ingrown toenail occurs when a toenail grows into the tender skin that surrounds it rather than growing out toward the edge of the toe. You can spot an ingrown toenail by taking note of discomfort, redness, tenderness, swelling, pus, or difficulty wearing shoes. You may also notice pain that makes it hard to wear shoes or engage in your regular exercise routine.

Reduce your risk of experiencing an ingrown toenail by being careful and attentive when you trim your toenails. Use a clipper rather than scissors, and trim straight across. Rounding the corners can lead to problems. If there are rough edges, or corners are left sharper than you’d like, a quick file with an emery board will take care of that.

It may be tempting to pick at an ingrown toenail, but that can cause infection and more pain. Instead, call your podiatrist if you suspect that you have developed an ingrown toenail.  With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is a medical expert and the best-qualified doctor to help you.

Are you worried about an ingrown toenail, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? A visit with your foot doctor is the first step on the road to wellness. A podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will conduct a thorough examination, reach an accurate and specific diagnosis, and work with you to create individualized care for treatment and any necessary follow-up. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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