It’s Time to Talk About Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are common. So common they are one of the most prevalent reasons patients schedule appointments to see Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos in his Ravenswood office.

Anyone can get an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails develop when the toenail grows directly into the skin instead of above it, as it should. It can happen on any toe. Men, women, and children all suffer from this easy-to-develop condition. If you tend to choose rigid shoes or those with cramped, narrow toe boxes, you increase your risk, as these types of footwear contribute to myriad issues by squeezing the toes together in a too-small space.

You can spot an ingrown toenail if you know what to look for. Be alert to symptoms including redness and swelling where the toenail meets the skin, pus, and discomfort that makes it difficult to wear shoes, stand, walk, or exercise as usual.

The best way to prevent an ingrown toenail is with careful trimming. Be sure to use a clipper rather than scissors and to trim straight across. Don’t round the corners as you might on your fingers. If you notice any rough edges, you can smooth them with an emery board. If it’s hard for you to manage this task independently because of limitations around flexibility or mobility, or perhaps because of the texture of your toenails, talk to your podiatrist for help.

Don’t let an ingrown toenail knock you off your feet. A foot doctor like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, is a medical expert and the best-qualified person to help not only with issues related to your toenails but with any concern you might have around the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment for examination, diagnosis, and treatment 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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