If you develop an ingrown toenail, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. That’s especially true if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects circulation. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists treats ingrown toenails in people of all ages. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your nail grows into the skin surrounding your nail bed. Over time, this causes your toe to become red, swollen, and irritated.
Ingrown toenails typically respond to conservative measures of care, but if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects circulation, you’re at risk of more serious complications.
Some common symptoms of an ingrown toenail include:
As the infection spreads, you might also notice that your toe oozes pus.
Ingrown toenails occur for various reasons, including toenail injuries, wearing tight shoes, or having unusually curved nails. You’re also at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail if you cut your nails at an angle instead of straight across.
When diagnosing an ingrown toenail, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group reviews your medical history, asks about any symptoms, and physically examines your affected toe and toenail. Typically, a visual assessment is enough to make a diagnosis.
Treatment of an ingrown toenail depends on the severity of your symptoms. The team at Stockdale Podiatry Group might recommend:
If you have a mild ingrown toenail, the team might lift the nail. To do this, they place a piece of cotton, dental floss, or a splint under it. These materials separate the nail from your skin, allowing it to grow outward. At home, you soak your feet and replace the splint daily.
If your ingrown toenail becomes infected, the team might partially remove it. Before the procedure, your provider administers a local anesthetic. Once your toe is numb, they carefully trim and remove the portion of the nail growing into your skin.
If you have an ingrown toenail that won’t heal or continues to recur, the team might remove the affected nail altogether. Your provider can do this using a laser or medical-grade chemical solution. Following treatment, your nail can’t grow back.
Don’t wait to receive treatment for an ingrown toenail at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.