Treatment of Ingrown Toenails at the Department of Family Medicine

Ingrown toenails occur when the toenail pushes under the skin of the toe instead of growing along the top if it. Ingrown toenails can be painful and occasionally become infected.

If you have diabetes or other conditions that affect the nerves and sensation in your feet, an ingrown toenail may get worse before you notice there is a problem.

How We Treat Ingrown Toenails

Family medicine doctors at UPMC's Department of Family Medicine can help you manage an ingrown toenail through diagnosis and treatment in our office.

Typical treatments include cutting the nail back and lifting it above the skin.

If there is an infection, we will remove the infected tissue and prescribe the appropriate antibiotics if necessary.

Contact a Family Medicine Health Center

UPMC's Department of Family Medicine has several locations throughout the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Find a family medicine health center close to you and call us to make an appointment or find out how we can help you with your primary care needs.

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