Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Your family doctor or a foot doctor (podiatrist) can diagnose an ingrown toenail. Because appointments can be brief and you may have a lot of ground to cover, it can help to be well-prepared. Here are some tips to help you get ready.

What you can do

Prepare a list of questions to ask your doctor during your appointment. Put the most important questions first, in case time runs out. Some basic questions include:

  • Is my condition temporary or long term (chronic)?
  • What are my treatment options and the pros and cons for each?
  • What results can I expect?
  • Can I wait to see if the condition goes away on its own?
  • What nail care routine do you recommend while my toe heals?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions such as:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Do you have the symptoms all the time?
  • What at-home treatments have you used?
  • Do you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your legs or feet?
April 03, 2014