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Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM
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Waukesha, WI 53186





Many people spend a fair amount of their day hiding their toes away from objects, edges, and other people’s feet. While this may seem silly to some, it is often necessary to avoid the intense pain of bumping an ingrown toenail against an object. Until an individual experiences it, they won’t fully comprehend how damaging a painful toenail can be to their lifestyle. At Waukesha Foot Specialists, we understand the importance of a pain free life and are dedicated to getting you back on your feet as soon as possible.

What is an ingrown toenail?

This condition describes the occurrence of the lateral growth of a toenail into the soft skin of the toe. As the result of mechanical or hereditary abnormalities, toenails that become ingrown can lead to a great deal of inflammation and pain. Typically, the big toe is affected as many of the pressures and forces enacted upon the foot deal with this digit. Patients with diabetes and vascular conditions need to pay special attention to a problem like this as it is likely to develop into a more severe case.

What are the symptoms of this condition?

Ingrown toenails are fairly easy to detect. As the skin grows over the toenail or the nail grows into the surrounding skin, many patients will first experience the growing pain in the afflicted toe. However, there are many other signs that can be helpful in identifying this condition. Many people develop more symptoms as this condition progresses.

Improper toenail trimming can cause ingrown toenails

Common symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in the toe
  • Redness in the surrounding skin
  • Swelling of the affected toe
  • The appearance and drainage of pus

How are ingrown toenails caused?

The most common causes of this injury are improper footwear and nail cutting techniques. These two causes affect the toe in completely different ways. Wearing the wrong kinds of shoes will put pressure on and crowd the toes and will cause the skin to push into the nail. Other causes affect the nail growth directly; whether the nail is damaged by trauma, is improperly cut, or is abnormally curved, the nail will begin to grow outward and protrude into the surrounding skin of the toe. If left untreated, toenails growing into the skin can develop into serious complications. Diabetics should be especially wary as they can develop bone infections and even gangrene.

How is this foot problem treated?

Many ingrown toenails can be treated with a few simply lifestyle changes. Through the utilization of the right footwear, soaking the feet and proper nail trimming techniques, many cases can be eliminated entirely. The use of ibuprofen and antibiotics is recommended for pain management and controlling infection. It should be noted that most patients struggle with correcting this condition themselves as they often mistreat the nail and cause the nail to worsen over time. Drs. Amy Miller-Guhl or David Guhl can safely remove the entire or part of the problem nail in order to remove the problem entirely. In recurrent cases the nail matrix can be altered so that the nail won’t grow back and cause pain ever again. Such surgeries can be done within an hour and allow the patient to be back on their foot the same day.

The longer you wait to get treatment the worse the condition will become; for a proper diagnosis call our Waukesha office at (262) 544-0700. In order to get the treatment you deserve, schedule an appointment online with Drs. Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl.

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Foot Specialists - Waukesha, David Guhl, DPM, Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM, 20700 Watertown Rd, Waukesha WI, 53186 262-544-0700