Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

Podiatrist located in Pomona, CA

While an ingrown toenail may not sound like the end of the world, this condition can be extremely painful and serious if a deep infection develops in your toe. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Brian O’Neill, DPM, provides swift relief from the pain and ensures that any infection is quickly stopped in its tracks. If you’re in Pomona, California, and you’re grappling with a painful ingrown toenail, call or use the online scheduler to get relief.

Ingrown Toenails

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, as the name implies, is a toenail that grows into your skin, rather than up and over it. Ingrown toenails typically strike your big toe, which is why they can be so incredibly painful. As the sharp nail pushes into your flesh, the outside of your toe becomes inflamed and extremely tender, which makes even the most comfortable footwear a painful prospect.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails usually develop for several reasons:

  • Your toenail shape is more curved
  • You wear shoes that are too tight around your toes
  • Not properly cutting your toenails straight across
  • Cutting your toenails too short

If you have a structural issue, ingrown toenails can be a constant problem, which is where Dr. O’Neill can help, providing you with the best practices at home and expert care once an ingrown toenail occurs.

When should I seek treatment for an ingrown toenail?

At-home treatment for an ingrown toenail is perfectly acceptable and often effective, but there are times when an ingrown toenail can cause an infection or become especially painful, making it hard for you to address it on your own. If your toe develops an infection, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment at Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, especially if you’re diabetic.

To treat an ingrown toenail, Dr. O’Neill’s goals are twofold: relieve the pain, and prevent or stop an infection, which can spread. To do this, Dr. O’Neill may turn to one of these treatments, depending upon the severity of your problem:

  • Lifting your nail and placing something underneath to encourage it to grow up and over your toe
  • Removing part of your nail
  • Removing a larger piece of your nail and the tissue underneath if you have recurring ingrown toenails

Ultimately, you should seek treatment with Dr. O’Neill to find relief from the appreciable pain that has a way of hijacking your overall wellness. And if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or peripheral artery disease, you should take special care of your ingrown toenail by having an expert intervene to prevent any complications.

If you’re dealing with a painful ingrown toenail, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or schedule an appointment using the online scheduling tool.