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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
October 20, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

How your podiatrists in Bozeman, and Butte, MT, can help with an ingrown toenail

If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know how painful it can be. The constant throbbing can make it difficult to put on shoes and walk comfortably. Fortunately, your podiatrist is an expert at treating ingrown toenails, so you can get back on your feet.

Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute provide a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment of ingrown toenails. They have two convenient office locations in Bozeman, and Butte, MT, to help you.

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown downward into your skin. The ingrown toenail embeds into your skin, causing:

  • Pain
  • Pressure
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

You are at greater risk of developing an ingrown toenail if you have toenails that naturally curve under. Other factors that can cause an ingrown toenail include:

  • Damage to your toenails
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Wearing shoes without enough toe room

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails if you:

  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Cut your toenails straight across with no rounded corners
  • Always wear protective, supportive shoes that protect your feet
  • Always wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Avoid wearing shoes with a narrow toe box

You can try a few simple steps at home to get relief from an ingrown toenail. Remember to:

  • Soak your toe in warm water three times daily
  • Place a small piece of dental floss underneath your toenail to push it above your skin
  • Apply antibiotic cream and bandage your ingrown toenail

Your podiatrist can treat an ingrown toenail so you can get permanent relief. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:

  • Lifting and separating the toenail from the skin around it
  • Trimming off the ingrown part of your nail
  • Removing the toenail completely, so a new, healthy toenail can grow

To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute. You can reach them in either the Bozeman, MT, or Butte, MT, locations by calling (406) 782-2278, so call today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
July 01, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Prone to ingrown toenails? Here’s what you should know…

Let’s take a look at how to protect your ingrown toenails and when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to treat this common foot problem,

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes

While this might seem obvious, you wouldn’t believe how many people try to cram their feet into shoes that bunch up their toes and put pressure on the nails. If you wear shoes like this, it’s time to stop. Shop for shoes with a large toe box; you should be able to wiggle your toes when wearing your shoes. Looking for new shoes? Go shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening when your feet are at the largest (yes, feet often swell throughout the day).

Trim Your Nails the Right Way

Yes, there is a right way to trim your toenails, and if you find yourself dealing with ingrown toenails throughout the year, then your trimming technique could be to blame. While you want to trim your toenails regularly, you want to ensure you aren’t trimming them too short. The nails should be level with the tips of your toes; any lower, and you risk ingrown toenails. You also should never cut or trim the edges of the nail into a curve; nails should always be cut straight across.

Protect Your Feet

Are you a powerlifter or an athlete? Do you pound the pavement or work on a construction site? Suppose your daily routine, workout or work is labor-intensive and prone to injuries. In that case, you want to ensure you wear the proper protective footwear to prevent bars, beams and other hard objects from hitting your foot, as injuries to the nail can also lead to ingrown toenails.

Know When to See a Podiatrist

While ingrown toenails can often be managed with home care, there are times when you will want to see a podiatrist for treatment. It’s time to turn to a podiatrist if,

  • You have diabetes, and you develop any foot problems, including an ingrown toenail
  • Your ingrown toenail becomes severely painful, swollen or red
  • Pus or drainage is coming from the toenail
  • You don’t know if you’re dealing with an ingrown toenail or not
  • You don’t see an improvement in your symptoms within a day or two of home care

Dealing with ingrown toenails? Your podiatrist can provide your feet with the treatment they need to prevent further issues. Call yours today.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
March 11, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

How your podiatrists in Bozeman, MT, can help when you have an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails are both ugly and painful. They can make it difficult to put on shoes and walk around. Fortunately, you can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails, and if you develop an ingrown toenail, your podiatrist can help your toe heal.

Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT, offer a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment of ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails can be caused by:

  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Having toenails that naturally curl under
  • Wearing shoes that are too narrow and crush your toes together
  • Experiencing an injury to your toes or toenails
  • Having a fungal or bacterial infection underneath your toenail

You will know you have an ingrown toenail if your toe is:

  • Swollen and painful
  • Red or purple and looking bruised
  • Developing blood or pus underneath the nail

There are several ways to prevent an ingrown toenail. Remember to:

  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Always cut your toenails straight across, with no rounded corners
  • Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes

Home remedies can give you some relief from an ingrown toenail. You can try:

  • Soaking your toe in warm water daily
  • Placing a piece of dental floss under your toenail to help the toenail grow away from your skin
  • Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes until your toe heals

If home remedies don’t help and your ingrown toenail is getting worse, you need to visit your podiatrist. Professional treatments for an ingrown toenail include:

  • Using oral and topical antibiotic cream to eliminate infection
  • Removing the ingrown part of your toenail
  • Removing the entire toenail so a healthy toenail can grow

To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman, MT. You can reach them in the office by calling (406) 782-2278, so call now.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
September 01, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that may require medical supervision. If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, our qualified podiatrists, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, are ready to help.

What are ingrown toenails?

It is a foot disorder that results from abnormal growth of the toenail toward the surrounding skin. This may cause pain and swell in the area. It occurs mostly in the biggest toe.

What are the possible causes of ingrown toenails?

In the majority of the cases, the condition appears due to improper practices from the patients. But in some cases, the genetic factor may play an important role. The following are some of the incorrect practices and foot care routines that may exaggerate the problem:

  • Cutting your toenails at an angle or too short
  • Wearing tight shoes and socks continuously
  • Neglecting daily foot hygiene practices
  • Keeping your feet wet after washing them

What are the symptoms of the condition?

The first and most common sign of ingrown toenails is the tenderness with some painful sensations in the affected toe. When the toe is left untreated, fluids may accumulate in the area if it is infected.

How is it treated?

The early treatment of ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, will save you time and money. You can start with some at-home therapy as long as there is no infection. Foot soaks in water and foot messaging are highly recommended to relieve the inflammation and reduce the pain. For advanced cases, antibiotics or even minor surgical intervention can be recommended.

How to prevent the problem and the recurrence?

To preserve the improvement you achieved from the treatment of the ingrown toenail and prevent the recurrence of the disease or even prevent it from occurring in the first place, you should improve your foot care practices. Wearing comfortable footwear, keeping your feet clean and dry, and cutting your toenails properly without curves are helpful.

Contact us

If you are suffering from ingrown toenails in Bozeman, Butte, or Anaconda, MT, contact Dr. Judd and Dr. Greene of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute. Call us at (406) 206-6366 for the Bozeman, MT, office, or (406) 782-2278 for the  Anaconda, and Butte, MT, offices.

By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

When a toenail becomes ingrown – where one side, both sides, or the top of the nail grows into the skin – can be painful and if not treated in time, this condition can develop into a severe infection. Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd are podiatrists at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, where they treat ingrown toenails.

Symptoms of An Ingrown Toenail

Bozeman residents with an ingrown toenail may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain on one or both sides of the toenail
  • Tenderness to the toe
  • Swelling and redness around the toenail
  • Infected tissue around the nail

Causes of An Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail can be caused by the following, according to your Bozeman podiatrists:

  • Wearing shoes that are too small
  • Wearing shoes that squeeze your toes together
  • Not cutting your toenails in an even line
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Trauma to your toenail
  • Having unusually curved toenails

When you Should See a Podiatrist

You should talk to Dr. Greene or Dr. Judd if you experience one or more of the following:

  • You have persistent pain in the affected toe
  • You have swelling or redness that is spreading
  • You have puss coming from around the nail
  • You suffer from diabetes

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

You can prevent an ingrown toenail in the following ways:

  • Wear shoes with plenty of room in the toe box.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and don’t cut them too short.
  • Keep your toenails to a moderate length.
  • If you are unable to trim your toenails yourself, make regular visits to a podiatrist.
  • If you have a job that puts your toes at risk of injury, wear protective shoes or boots.
  • Check your feet regularly for problems, particularly if you have diabetes.

If you are looking for help with your ingrown toenail, call (406) 782-2278 to request an appointment with Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd of Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT.