Podiatry Institute of Southern California
Albert A. Nejat, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Culver City, CA
Ingrown toenails are extremely common and often are very painful. If you’ve got an ingrown toenail that won’t respond to home remedies, you may be getting frustrated. To put that frustration behind you, call an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Albert Nejat. Dr. Nejat offers a variety of minimally-invasive treatment options for ingrown toenails. Call the Podiatry Institute of Southern California in Culver City, California, today to make an appointment, or schedule one online.
Ingrown Nails Q & A
What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are a common and often painful problem that usually occurs in the big toe, and affects almost 1 in 5 American adults. They occur when the corner or side of a toenail begins to grow into the soft flesh at the side of your nail bed.
Ingrown toenails cause pain, redness, swelling, and even infection. In cases of minor ingrown toenails, you may be able to reshape the nail yourself to remedy the symptoms, but if your pain is severe or spreading, Dr. Nejat can help you relieve your pain and prevent future reoccurrence.
What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?
If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, you’ll experience:
- Pain and tenderness in the affected toe, along one or both sides of your toenail
- Redness or swelling around your toenail
- Infection around the toenail
You should definitely come in for a consultation with Dr. Nejat if you notice pus or any signs of infection, especially if it seems to be spreading. If you have diabetes or any other disease that affects blood flow to your feet, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The Podiatry Institute of Southern California is here to help. Call to make an appointment or schedule one online today.
What causes ingrown toenails?
The most common reasons for ingrown toenails include:
- Wearing shoes that crowd your toenails
- Improper cutting of toenails
- An injury to the toenail
- Having unusually curved toenails
It’s also very common to have an ingrown toenail without knowing the exact reason it occurred.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Dr. Nejat can remove a portion of the nail or the nail bed to help it grow correctly. This is done quickly, usually in a same-day appointment, so that you can get back on your feet as soon as possible. Nail and nail bed removal is a simple, minimally invasive procedure, and it is done with a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.
If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, or if you have any questions for Dr. Nejat, call the office today, or make an appointment online. In just a single visit you can be back on your feet and on the path to a full recovery.