Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

Ingrown toenails are common and often painful. Dr. Allyson B. Fried of the Culver City, Los Angeles, California area has more than 30 years of experience in treating foot and ankle problems, including ingrown toenails. If your ingrown toenail is causing you pain or is infected, it may need expert intervention. If so, call or book an appointment with Dr. Fried today.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is a condition of the toenail, usually on the big toe, where the nail grows into the soft tissue surrounding the nail bed. This can be painful and can cause greater complications like infection, if not treated properly.

When you have an ingrown toenail, the area around the toe may have:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Fever

These symptoms may indicate that the ingrown toenail is infected or has a high potential of getting infected. They may indicate the need to be treated in order to prevent a more severe infection from setting in.

What causes an ingrown toenail?

There are a number of reasons why your toenail may not have grown correctly. These causes may make getting an ingrown toenail more likely or may make you more susceptible to getting an infection with an ingrown toenail:

  • Cutting the nail too short
  • Trauma
  • Heredity
  • Ill-fitting footwear
  • Regrowth after loss of the nail
  • Fungal infections

As part of your evaluation, Dr. Fried considers what may have caused your ingrown toenail, in order to help you prevent it from happening in the future.

How may my ingrown toenail be treated?

Initially, treatment of an ingrown toenail can be simple and done non-surgically. If the infection has not set in, and it is cared for properly, it may be possible to avoid surgical intervention.

With early detection, Dr. Fried suggests:

  • Soaking foot 3-4 times a day
  • Keeping feet dry
  • Mild painkillers
  • Wearing comfortable, open-toed shoes

If the symptoms of your ingrown toenail worsen, or it does not improve within 2-3 days, it is important that you consult with Dr. Fried for more aggressive treatment. If you have conditions like diabetes or blood flow issues, experienced care is imperative.

Treatments that may be used for an advanced case of ingrown toenail with infection may be:

  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Surgical trimming of malformed nail
  • Permanent removal of the entire nail

After a thorough evaluation of your ingrown toenail, Dr. Fried will recommend the treatment that will relieve your pain and prevent or treat your infection.

For your expert consultation, call or book your appointment online today.