Swift treatment of ingrown toenails is essential to prevent infection and lower your risk of needing nail removal. If you have an ingrown toenail, you can get effective in-office treatments at the Orange County offices of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, in Irvine and Orange, California. Book your ingrown toenail exam online or call your most convenient location directly.
While your toenails are designed to be protective and grow up and over your nail bed, if you have overly curved nails, they may continue to dig and irritate delicate nail tissue. This is a common inherited trait. You can also suffer from a painful ingrown toenail because of:
Because ingrown toenails can become seriously painful and infected, it’s important to get them treated right away.
You’re encouraged to see Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, at the very first sign of an ingrown toenail, like redness or stabbing pains. Since blood flow is limited in your toes — they’re the furthest points from your heart — injuries don’t heal as quickly, and an open wound, like an ingrown toenail, can become infected quick. Dr. Vincent wants you to come in right away if you experience:
You should get started on ingrown toenail treatment with Dr. Vincent soon if your ingrown toenail becomes so severe, it makes it uncomfortable for you to wear shoes or participate in daily activities.
It’s also important for you to have an ingrown toenail treated if you have diabetes or poor circulation since you have an increased risk of infection.
Treating an ingrown toenail depends on the severity of your condition, whether or not you have an infection present, and how often you get ingrown toenails (like if an inherited curved toenail shape causes them).
Depending on your ingrown toenail examination results, Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, may simply need to place a splint under the nail or gently numb your toe and remove the ingrown part of your nail.
For a severely infected ingrown toenail or a case of recurring ingrown toenails, Dr. Vincent could recommend removing the toenail entirely. She can treat the nail root with a chemical solution to prevent nail regrowth of a portion of your nail.
If you have an infection, Dr. Vincent may prescribe antibiotic medications or apply topical solutions directly to your ingrown toenail. She counsels you on how to care for your treated toenail as it heals and steps you can take to prevent ingrown toenails in the future.
Click on the online booking feature to schedule your ingrown toenail appointment at an office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, today. You can also call your nearest office to book a visit.