Ingrown Nails

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Ingrown nails are a common problem, but if you have diabetes or another circulatory issue, they can become infected or worse. At MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, the team of experienced podiatrists uses safe and effective measures to treat ingrown nails. To make an appointment at the practice in Palmdale or Glendale, California, call the nearest office or book online today.

Ingrown Nails Q & A

What are ingrown nails?

An ingrown nail develops when your toenail grows into the surrounding skin instead of out and away from your toe. That causes your toe to become red and irritated, increasing the risk of infection and other complications.

Ingrown nails usually aren’t a concern, but if you have poor circulation, it’s important to seek professional treatment at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists.

What are the symptoms of ingrown nails?

Symptoms of ingrown nails include:

  • Red, swollen skin
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing pus
  • Fluid building up around the toe

If you have an ingrown toenail, you might also experience pressure or general discomfort when wearing socks or shoes.

Who is at risk of ingrown nails?

People of all ages experience ingrown nails, but there are several factors that increase your risk, including:

  • Not cutting your toenails properly
  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Injuring your toenail
  • Having unusually curved nails

Some people are more susceptible to ingrown toenails. For example, if your parents experience them, you’re more likely to as well.

How are ingrown nails diagnosed?

To diagnose an ingrown nail, your MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists provider asks about your symptoms and physically examines your toe. The symptoms of an ingrown nail are visible to the eye, so there are rarely any tests necessary. If your provider suspects an infection, they might order X-rays to determine its severity. 

How are ingrown nails treated?

Treatment of ingrown nails depends on the severity of the condition. If the ingrown nail is mild, your provider might recommend lifting it with a piece of cotton or a toothpick. Lifting the nail allows it to grow out and away from your toe.

If you have an ingrown nail that’s infected, your provider might recommend partially or completely removing it. The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists offers treatment of ingrown nails on an outpatient basis.

What is recovery like after treatment for ingrown nails?

After treatment for an ingrown nail, keep your toe clean, dry, and bandaged. Take any medication as prescribed and wear comfortable shoes that allow your toe to heal properly. If your nail was partially removed, it should grow back in the weeks following surgery.

To explore your treatment options for ingrown nails, book an appointment at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call the nearest office to speak with a team member or book one online today.