Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatrist

Gary M. Kazmer, DPM

Podiatrist located in Elgin, IL & Barrington, IL

Ingrown Toenails Specialist

If you’re suffering from ingrown toenails, you know how painful it can be. It’s important to get your foot treated by a specialist like Dr. Gary M. Kazmer, a leading podiatrist in Illinois. Call Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers or book an appointment online for a personalized consultation at the Elgin or Barrington office. Get relief and happy feet, fast.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What are ingrown toenails?

When toenails grow into your skin instead of over it, you have an aptly named and ever painful ingrown toenail. It typically happens in your big toe and is often marked by a curved nail and red, swollen skin.

Ingrown toenails have many causes:

  • Having thick or especially curved nails
  • Cutting your nails too close and rounded at the corners
  • Wearing footwear or hosiery that is too tight
  • Stubbing your toe while walking or kicking
  • Having poor hygiene habits that allow fungus to develop

How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

The best way to keep your nails growing on the outside instead of inward is to take better care of your feet. Trimming your toenails less closely is just the start. From wearing more comfortable shoes and avoiding injuries to keeping your feet dry and fungus-free, there are many ways to reduce your risk.

When do ingrown toenails require treatment?

Letting ingrown toenails go untreated not only increases your pain but can lead to infection and the development of pus.

If you’re living with diabetes, poor circulation, or numbness in your feet, Dr. Kazmer urges you to seek immediate treatment of ingrown toenails to avoid significant complications that could lead to even the most severe of treatments, such as amputation.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Dr. Kazmer examines your feet and makes personalized recommendations for relieving pain and clearing up the condition. He has many treatment options for ingrown nails:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungal medications
  • Lifting the nail
  • Removal of part of your ingrown nail
  • Surgical extraction of your permanent nail root

For minor cases and those caught early, Dr. Kazmer usually redirects your nail’s growth by inserting a removable cotton splint or plastic wedge to raise and realign your inward-bending nail; you replace the wedge daily until symptoms disappear.

Moderate to severe cases call for more significant measures. Oral or topical prescriptions in combination with other home remedies are often effective. Dr. Kazmer administers local anesthesia when incisions are needed, and he also uses lasers or chemical applications to permanently remove your nail and nail bed as required.

Ask Dr. Kazmer about the best treatment option for you and what to expect from your recovery. Don’t let your ingrown toenail go unchecked another day. Call or book an appointment online for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kazmer and find relief fast.

Insurances Accepted

We accept most major insurance plans. This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross of Idaho
Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Gary Kazmer is the best Podiatrist I have ever seen!!!!"

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    "My daughter and I have had great experiences with Dr. Kazmer after injuries to our ankles. His staff is terrific and he always followed up..."

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    "Dr. Kazmer has been very patient with me and is always friendly and professional. He has fixed numerous problems I've had and I would recommend him to anyone..."

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    "Dr. Kazmer removed excess bone from a major foot joint. The surgery was excellent and surprisingly pain free."

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    "I saw Dr. Kazmer for my left foot and had the best experience! I had to have surgery on my foot and the entire experience was stupendous."

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    "Dr. Kazmer is great. Fantastic care! From consultation to treatment discussions and follow up, I knew I was in the right place."

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    "Great experience! Dr. Kazmer is very professional and knowledgeable. Great staff too. Highly recommend this office."

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    "Dr. Kazmer listened to my problem and took his time. He was able to inject my bunion that same day and I have been pain free ever since."

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    "I just had an appointment with Dr. Kazmer and it was excellent! He was on time, professional, and he fixed my issue. Could not be happier!!!"

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