When your nail starts growing into your skin and cutting into it, your skin becomes irritated and inflamed, which can lead to infection. Board-certified podiatrist Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS, provides in-office ingrown toenail treatments at Sequoia Foot Care Group in Visalia, California. Click on the online booking feature to schedule your ingrown toenail exam or call the clinic directly.
Your nail becomes ingrown for several reasons, the most common being improper trimming. If you round out your toenail edges or simply cut your nails too short, for instance, you have a higher likelihood of developing an ingrown nail.
Sometimes though, ingrown toenails are a result of your genes. If you inherited an abnormally curved nail shape, you might have a high risk of ongoing ingrown nail issues, no matter how well you take care of your feet. Ingrown toenails can also develop because of:
Most ingrown toenails aren’t anything serious. But if you have an underlying infection that continues to progress, you risk losing your entire nail. The infection can even spread deep into your bones, which is a dangerous complication.
In the early stages, you may find that your toe seems a little sore. You might even notice some slight redness on one or both sides of your nail. With each passing day though, that nail continues to grow, and thus, your ingrown nail becomes worse and worse. Ingrown nails can lead to:
It’s also common to notice oozing or pus where your nail is ingrown. Before these symptoms progress and start making it uncomfortable to walk or stand, schedule an exam at Sequoia Foot Care Group.
Possibly. During your ingrown nail exam at Sequoia Foot Care Group, Dr. Motos evaluates your toenail and educates you about the best course of treatment. For minor ingrown nails, for instance, he may only need to place a splint under your nail to encourage nail growth away from your skin.
If your toenail is more ingrown, though, Dr. Motos might need to conduct a minor in-office ingrown toenail surgery. You are numb for the entire procedure, so you shouldn’t feel a thing.
Dr. Motos gently trims away the ingrown part of your nail or, in the most severe of cases, removes your nail entirely. If an infection is present, Dr. Motos applies a topical solution and may also prescribe oral antibiotic medications.
If ingrown nails are an ongoing issue because of your nail shape, Dr. Motos can use a specialized laser or chemical solution to stop nail growth. This is typically a last resort if you continue developing serious nail infections.
Before your ingrown toenail causes anymore discomfort, get started on treatment at Sequoia Foot Care Group. Book your ingrown toenail exam either online or over the phone.