Do You Need to See a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail?
You notice that your big toe is a little sore and red around one side of the nail, but you brush it off. Maybe it’s just an injury. It doesn’t hurt much, so it should be fine. Perhaps you type your symptoms into Google and decide that you have an ingrown toenail. No big deal, right? Wrong.
While many ingrown toenails resolve themselves or require little treatment, there are times when an ingrown toenail can go from an annoying sore spot to a serious, even life-threatening infection. If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, contact us for effective treatment for ingrown toenails in Pomona, CA, and the La Verne and Claremont, CA, areas.
Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
At our podiatry office, we encourage you to come in at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. The most common signs of an ingrown toenail include:
- Tenderness or pain along one or both sides of your toenail
- A red area around your toenail
- Swelling near the sides of your toenail
- Heat coming from the painful or swollen area
- Pus leaking from the reddened area of your toe
When You Should Seek Help for Your Ingrown Toenail
If you have noticed any of the listed signs of an ingrown toenail, even if there is no pain yet, we highly recommend that you come in to be evaluated. As is the nature of a toenail, it may continue to grow, possibly embedding itself further into your toe. When this happens, your risk of complications increases. The most serious complication is an infection. This infection can travel from the toe to the surrounding bone. A bone infection is serious and can cause extreme illness and even death.
As always, if you are diabetic, it is of the utmost importance that you be seen for any foot problem. For you, the risk of infection is higher due to the possibility of poor circulation in your feet. Please be sure to check daily for any swelling or redness around your toenails as neuropathy may prevent you from feeling pain or discomfort.
Contact Us for Treatment for Ingrown Toenails in Pomona, CA & the La Verne & Claremont, CA, Areas
To experience our 5-star-rated podiatric care, schedule your New Patient Consultation today by calling (909) 622-4501. You may also use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- Discuss Your Goals
- X-Rays As Needed
- Complete Exam
- Discover Your Options
- Get started!
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!