Ingrown Toenail

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

Ingrown nails may start as a minor nuisance but can lead to infection and serious complications if not dealt with promptly. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center know how to handle ingrown nails at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your ingrown nails, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown nail?

An ingrown nail is a nail that instead of growing outward and away from your toe or finger starts to grow into the surrounding skin and tissues.

Any nail could potentially become ingrown, but the condition is most common in the toenails, particularly the big toe. You may not realize that a toenail is ingrown, as toenails grow so slowly and aren’t in your sight all the time as your fingernails are.

After a while though, you can see the skin at the side of the affected toenail becoming red, and feel it starting to get tender as the nail digs into the flesh.

Are ingrown nails anything to worry about?

An ingrown nail probably seems like a minor problem, especially if it’s not causing any real discomfort at the moment. The problem is that if they’re left untreated, ingrown nails are likely to get worse and become more painful, making it harder to correct them and causing you unnecessary pain and incapacity.

Ingrown nails are also a potential site of infection, and untreated foot infections can get into the bones, causing serious complications. If you have diabetes, foot injuries and infections are especially dangerous, and any sign of an ingrown toenail needs prompt, expert attention by the team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center.

What causes an ingrown nail?

The most common cause of ingrown toenails is using a poor technique when trimming the nails. Instead of shaping toenails, they need to be cut straight across, and no lower than the end of the toe.

You can also develop ingrown nails if you:

  • Have irregularly shaped nails
  • Wear tight or poorly fitting shoes
  • Have fungal infections of the nail
  • Have hereditary deformities of the nails

Ingrown nails are often made worse by attempts to correct them at home. Trying to cut out the ingrown nail may give you temporary relief from the discomfort, but over time, the nail is likely to become even more ingrown as it’s not being guided away from the skin.

How are ingrown nails treated?

Your podiatrist at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can trim the nail and lift it away from the skin so it follows the correct path as it makes new growth. It’s possible there might be infection present, in which case you can have the infected nail taken out under local anesthetic.

If you have an ingrown nail or are worried about nail infections, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.