Do I need to get it checked out? Should I call my doctor?

By AlternateMarie Latest Reply 2015-02-12 18:23:43 -0600
Started 2013-07-30 23:52:57 -0500

Last week when meeting with my specialist, she said I need to take extra care of my feet. Well, I noticed about 2 days ago that I have an ingrown toe nail on my foot. It hurts and the other day it was a little itchy. Should I get it checked out by my doctor or give it a week to clear up? Is it something really "Serious" that I need to get looked at.

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Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-12 18:23:43 -0600 Report

when you trim your toe nails cut a v in them, it will take the pressure of the sides and reduce the pain…talking to your doctor is always a good job

AlternateMarie 2013-08-01 20:51:29 -0500 Report

Thank you Joyce and KG66. I have my appt set for next wednesday. Maybe the doctor will refer me to a podiatrist at that time =]

KG66 2013-08-01 20:23:50 -0500 Report

I would go see your doctor. I often have sensitive feet and have to keep my toenails short because I am prone to ingrown toenails. It's important to also see a podiatrist every year as our feet should be looked at often! :)

AlternateMarie 2013-07-31 13:32:15 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone. Well, the soonest appt i got with my doctor was next Thursday so one more week. I'm new to diabetic foot care, so i appreciate the help! So, are pedicures good to get being a diabetic?

GabbyPA 2013-07-31 05:14:23 -0500 Report

Ingrown toe nails are no fun. I have had two. The relief that you feel once you have it removed is incredible. While it may never get infected, the pain is really bad. With our feet being so sensitive, I cannot imagine you wanting to wait it out.

There is always a possibility of infection with anything that is not "right" so most definitely, go visit a podiatrist. Find one who specializes in diabetic foot care if you can, as he or she will become a great asset to your medical team. I had mine before my diabetes and he has proven to be quite helpful.