Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown Toenail offered in Montebello and Duarte, CA

Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that may lead to a serious infection when left untreated. Michael Vega, DPM, Johnny Huang, DPM, and the team at West Beverly Podiatry Group in Montebello and Duarte, California, provide comprehensive care for ingrown toenails, including treatments to prevent future problems. Call the nearest office or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.

Ingrown Toenail Q&A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is when the sides of the nail grow into the skin. Though an ingrown toenail may affect any toe, it most often occurs on the big toe.

Initially, you may have pain, redness, and tenderness at the toe. You may also have swelling, and the toe may feel warm. If the nail breaks the skin, germs may enter, causing an infection. 

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Anyone can develop an ingrown toenail. However, you’re more likely to have this foot problem if it runs in your family. Certain inherited foot structures can also increase your risk of developing them.

How you trim your toenails may also cause an ingrown toenail. Cutting the nail too short causes the skin surrounding the nail bed to fold over the nail. When the nail grows out, it cuts into the skin.

Foot injuries and wearing shoes that are too tight may put you at greater risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

When should I go to a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

You can manage an ingrown toenail at home if you catch the problem during the early stages. The team at West Beverly Podiatry Group suggests soaking your foot in warm and salty or soapy water and then applying an antiseptic and bandage over the toe.

However, you should see the podiatrists at West Beverly Podiatry Group if you suspect you have an infected ingrown toenail. You may have severe pain, swelling, and drainage with an infection. 

You also need to see the team if you have diabetes. Any foot condition, even the beginning stages of an ingrown toenail, can become a serious foot health problem for people with diabetes.

What treatments can help my ingrown toenail?

The West Beverly Podiatry Group team customizes your ingrown toenail treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms, whether you have an infection, and your medical history. 

If you have an infection, the podiatrists prescribe an antibiotic. They may also perform a minor procedure to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.

For patients with recurring ingrown toenails, the team may recommend a procedure that prevents future problems. This may include removing the matrix or root of the embedded nail with a chemical, laser, or another method. 

At West Beverly Podiatry Group, all ingrown toenail treatments are performed with care and precision by experienced physicians. Call the nearest office or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature today.