Welcome to our Ingrown Toenail Services!
At our office, we understand that dealing with an ingrown toenail can be both uncomfortable and frustrating. That is why we provide exceptional care and treatment for ingrown toenails. Dr. Evelyn Cavalier is here to help relieve your pain, address the underlying causes, and provide effective solutions to prevent future occurrences.
Understanding Ingrown Toenails:
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, swelling, and potentially leading to infection. This condition most commonly affects the big toe but can occur in any of the toes.
Ingrown toenails can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
1. Improper Nail Trimming:
Cutting the nails too short or rounding the edges can encourage the nails to grow into the surrounding skin.
2. Tight or Improper Footwear:
Shoes that crowd the toes or put excessive pressure on the toenails can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails.
3. Trauma or Injury:
Stubbing your toe or experiencing repetitive pressure on the toenail can cause it to grow inward.
4. Genetic Predisposition:
Some individuals may be more prone to developing ingrown toenails due to their inherited nail shape or structure.
Our Ingrown Toenail Services:
1. Assessment and Diagnosis:
Dr. Evelyn Cavalier will conduct a thorough examination of your ingrown toenail to assess its severity and determine the most appropriate course of treatment. She will take into consideration your symptoms, medical history, and any contributing factors.
2. Conservative Treatment:
In mild cases, non-invasive treatments may be recommended. These may include soaking the affected foot in warm water, gentle nail lifting, or placing cotton or dental floss under the edge of the nail to encourage it to grow above the skin.
3. Nail Trimming and Care:
Dr. Evelyn Cavalier will provide guidance on proper nail trimming techniques to prevent future ingrown toenails, and may also trim the ingrown nail edge to relieve immediate discomfort and promote healing.
4. Antibiotic Treatment:
If an ingrown toenail has become infected, Dr. Evelyn Cavalier may prescribe antibiotics to combat the infection and promote healing.
5. Surgical Intervention:
In severe or recurrent cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary. Dr. Evelyn Cavalier are skilled in performing ingrown toenail surgeries, such as a partial nail avulsion or complete nail removal. These procedures are typically done under local anesthesia and aim to permanently resolve the ingrown toenail issue.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails:
While some factors leading to ingrown toenails may be beyond your control, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of their occurrence:
- Trim your nails straight across and avoid cutting them too short.
- Wear comfortable, properly fitting shoes with adequate toe room.
- Practice good foot hygiene, keeping your feet clean and dry.
- Protect your feet from trauma and injury.
- Seek professional advice if you notice any signs of an ingrown toenail to prevent complications.
Do not suffer in silence with an ingrown toenail. Let Dr. Evelyn Cavalier provide the care and expertise needed to alleviate your pain and restore your foot health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards freedom from ingrown toenails.