Ingrown Toenail Symptoms and Effects

Ingrown Toenail Symptoms and Effects- Fast Relief by Dr. Jamshidinia

An ingrown toenail is a common condition that often affects teenagers and young adults. This occurs when the side of the toenail begins to cut into the skin next to the nail. The result can be extremely painful, and cause the skin to become inflamed. This common annoyance can affect every nail, but more prominently occurs on the big toe. Consult the top foot surgeon in Los Angeles if you are suffering from ingrown nails. Keep reading to discover more, including the symptoms, effects, and treatments.

What are the symptoms?

Ingrown toenails often occur due to poor nail maintenance (I.E. not cutting nails correctly, wearing poor fitting shoes). Early signs show the skin around the nail to become reddened and feel tender. If not caught early the skin can become more swollen and painful, and even become infected. Once these signs become evident is important to have the ingrown nail treated.

Other Signs to watch for

  • Swollen Skin
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing Pus
  • Overgrowth of Skin Around Nail

What are the effects?

Ingrown toenails can cause a great deal of pain and dampen your ability to place pressure on your foot until treated. In addition to the pain and swelling, many bacterial infections can occur. If left untreated the nail can grow into many larger concerns including the following:

  • Bacterial Infection
  • Fungal Infection
  • Cellulitis
  • Paronychia- infection of the nail fold
  • Scarring of the nail fold and surrounding skin


What are the treatments?

Ingrown nails can often be treated with in-home therapy such as soaking your feet in warm water regularly and applying antibiotic cream. If in home treatments do not help subside your symptoms, then visit the top podiatrist in Los Angeles at Tower Foot and Ankle and Dr. Jamshidinia can treat you the same day!

Treatments for an Ingrown Toenail in Los Angeles

  • Lifting the Nail

This treatment is for a slightly ingrown nail that is causing pain and inflammation, but no pus. Doctor Jamshidinia, one of the best Podiatrists in Los Angeles, may treat the ingrown nail by placing cotton, floss, or a splint under the edge of the nail to separate the nail from the overlying skin.

  • Partial Removal of the Ingrown Nail

Although this is one of the more common toe problems in Los Angeles, the problem can become severe. When this occurs Dr. Jamshidinia may trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail. Before this procedure, your toe will be temporarily numbed with a local anesthetic. Rest assured knowing you are under the care of a prominent foot surgeon in Los Angeles.

  • Removing the Ingrown Nail and Tissue

For persisting issues that remain despite treatment, Dr. Jamshidinia may suggest podiatric surgery in Los Angeles. The quick foot procedure would consist of Dr. Jamshidinia removing a portion of your toenail along with the nail bed which lies below it to prevent that part of your nail from growing back.

Ingrown toenails can be annoying and painful. If you are experiencing an ingrown nail it is important to find a certified podiatric surgeon in Los Angeles. If left untreated you can experience many viruses and prolonged pain. If you have an ingrown toenail, call us at (310) 247-9255 for more information .