Ingrown toenails are a common but painful problem that can negatively affect your mobility and quality of life. At Align Foot & Ankle Center, with offices in Camarillo and Santa Barbara, California, experienced podiatrists Hai-En Peng, DPM, FACFAS; Nicole Mehr, DPM, AACFAS; and the team provide a wide range of treatments for ingrown toenails. Call the nearest office to request an ingrown toenail consultation today, or book online.
An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the skin surrounding the nail bed instead of away from your toe.
Almost everyone gets an ingrown toenail at some time during their life, but if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, it can increase your risk of infection or other complications.
Symptoms of ingrown toenails include:
As the nail grows further into your skin, the wound might also bleed or ooze pus.
Ingrown toenails affect people from all backgrounds, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to have an ingrown toenail if you don’t regularly trim your nails or you trim them at an angle instead of straight across.
To diagnose an ingrown toenail, the team at Align Foot & Ankle Center reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. Next, they complete an exam, checking your toe and the surrounding skin for signs of infection, like redness, swelling, or an open wound.
Ingrown nails are visible without any special technology, but your provider might also order X-rays to see how far the nail grows into your skin and to determine if there’s an infection.
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on how far the nail grows into your skin and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Align Foot & Ankle Center typically recommends minimally invasive treatments, including:
If you regularly experience ingrown nails on the same toe and they cause infections or mobility problems, the team might recommend minimally invasive surgery. During minimally invasive surgery, your provider uses special tools to remove your nail and the surrounding tissue. Then, they apply a special chemical treatment to prevent the nail from growing back.
Call the nearest Align Foot & Ankle Center to explore the treatments for ingrown toenails today, or book online.