Ingrown Toenail Specialist

My Chicago Foot Expert

Stavros Alexopoulos, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Chicago, IL

Ingrown toenails can quickly become infected, which can lead to serious discomfort and inflammation. Since expert podiatrist Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert offers same-day in-office ingrown toenail procedures, you can get treated during your lunch break. Schedule your ingrown toenail evaluation at this state-of-the-art Chicago practice today with the online booking feature or call the clinic.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Having an ingrown toenail is one of the top reasons men and women head to their trusted podiatrist's office. In many cases, ingrown toenails occur because of:

  • Wearing snug-fitting shoes or socks
  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Toenail trauma or injury

Some men and women are prone to developing ingrown toenails simply because of their toenail shape. For instance, if you have unusually curved toenails that tear the skin along the sides of your toes as they grow, you’re more likely to continue struggling with ingrown toenails.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Dr. Alexopoulos offers ingrown toenail procedures right in the office. For minor ingrown toenails, he may simply need to place a packing material — like cotton — underneath the affected part of your nail. While you’re going to need to replace the material regularly as your toenail grows, it starts growing straight out, rather than into your skin.

If your toenail is severely ingrown or infected, Dr. Alexopoulos is likely going to numb your toe and trim away the affected part of your toenail. This helps the infection drain out so your skin can heal. Because this minimally invasive surgery results in zero downtime, you can return to work the same day.

You might need antibiotics for several days if you have an infection, or anti-inflammatory medication to minimize discomfort. Dr. Alexopoulos can prescribe the most effective medications for your specific needs.

Can I prevent ingrown toenails?

In many cases, yes. One of the best things you can do is start wearing footwear that has plenty of wiggle room in the toes. It’s equally as important to avoid tearing your toenails, and instead, focus on cutting them straight across. Dr. Alexopoulos spends time teaching you how to properly care for your feet and toenails at home, so you’re less likely to experience future issues with ingrown toenails.

If it seems like ingrown toenails continue coming back, Dr. Alexopoulos could suggest removing a larger portion of your nail and carefully burning the root with a specialized solution. This in-office procedure often prevents further ingrown nail issues on the affected portion of your toe, without having to remove the entire nail.

Ingrown toenails can quickly become infected and lead to debilitating foot pain, so it’s important to schedule an evaluation at My Chicago Foot Expert at the first sign. Book through the online scheduling feature or give the office a call today.