7351 Lake St
Just West Of Panera Bread
Same Day Appointments – Walk Ins Welcome
Linda S. Lambert, DPM
“Ingrown toenails are one of the most painful conditions that I treat” says Dr. Lambert. An
ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail grows down into the skin, most commonly on
the big toe. A painful break in the skin can quickly become infected with bacteria from the
nail or a unsterile nail clipper.
An ingrown toenail appears as redness and swelling on the side of the nail. When infected,
pus is present and the toe may throb. If left untreated, an overgrowth of tissue can develop
called granulation tissue or proud flesh. Also, an untreated infection can become cellulitis and
spread to the foot and leg. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, there is an increased risk
A typical patient presents three days after trying to cut an ingrown toenail out at home.
Treatment consists of an in office removal of the ingrown toenail, usually with a local
anesthetic. The procedure is pain free after the toe is numb. Relief is usually immediate.
A chronic or recurrent ingrown toenail can be removed permanently. One or both sides of
the nail can be removed, or the entire nail can be removed. A chemical is used to kill the nail
root. Home care is required for several weeks along with follow up office visits. Insurance
typically covers either procedure after your deductible is met.
You do not have to live with foot pain!
7351 Lake Street
River Forest, IL 60305