Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Elite Foot and Ankle -  - Podiatrist

Elite Foot and Ankle

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Burbank, CA

While an ingrown toenail may not sound like much, this seemingly minor problem can cause a disproportionately large amount of pain. At Elite Foot and Ankle, Dr. Emily Chau, routinely helps her patients in Burbank, California, find quick relief from painful ingrown toenails, often in one simple visit. If you’re struggling with a painful ingrown toenail, call the office or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

As the name implies, an ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your toenail pushes into the flesh surrounding your nail bed, often causing a considerable amount of pain and discomfort. This pain can be amplified if your toe becomes inflamed, making even the slightest touch almost unbearable.

Ingrown toenails are fairly common and most often develop in your big toes, though the problem can affect your smaller toes, as well.

While not necessarily dangerous, ingrown toenails can lead to infection if the nail breaks your skin, allowing harmful bacteria inside.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

There are many reasons an ingrown toenail can develop, including:

  • Not trimming your nails straight across
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Wearing shoes that crowd your toes
  • Fungal infections
  • Loss of a toenail
  • Trauma to your toe
  • Structural issues in your toenails

This last point is one that’s worth highlighting as some people encounter ingrown toenails quite regularly thanks to overly curved nails.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

After confirming your ingrown toenail and evaluating the extent of the problem, Dr. Chau is often able to remedy the issue by:

  • Trimming away the piece of nail that’s digging into your skin
  • Lifting the nail to encourage it to grow over your skin
  • Removing part of your nail and nail bed if you have recurring problems
  • Monitoring the toe for signs of infection

If you’ve developed an infection, Dr. Chau may place you on a course of antibiotics to ward off more serious issues in the future.

When should I be concerned by an ingrown toenail?

There are several conditions under which you should treat an ingrown toenail quite seriously, namely if you have poor circulation in your feet or nerve damage — both of which are often the result of diabetes.

If you fall into this category, it’s important that you avoid treating your ingrown toenail on your own, which can greatly exacerbate the problem.

The better course of action is to have Dr. Chau assess the problem so he can determine whether an infection is present and take the appropriate steps. 

If you’re struggling with an ingrown toenail, call Elite Foot and Ankle for prompt relief. You can also use the online booking feature to set up an appointment.