Ingrown toenails can be painful and increase your risk for infections and other complications. To relieve your pain and restore the health of your toenails, Albert Elhiani, DPM, offers conservative and minimally invasive surgical solutions for ingrown toenails at Foot & Ankle. Dr. Elhiani can remove swollen, painful nails during a simple in-office procedure. He also offers advanced laser therapies and other treatments to treat fungal toenails and prevent additional ingrown toenail issues. Call the office in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California, to schedule a consultation for ingrown toenails or book an appointment online today.
Ingrown toenails develop when the sides of your nail grow into the flesh of your toe. The condition can lead to persistent pain and increase your risk for an infection.
A common cause of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails improperly or too short. You may also be at increased risk for developing ingrown toenails due to:
Diabetes and other medical conditions that cause poor blood circulation can also contribute to ingrown toenails.
In the early stages of an ingrown toenail, you might be able to treat the condition on your own.
Soaking your feet in warm water for 15 minutes before trimming keeps your nails soft and easier to manage. You should also cut nails straight across and use a file to smooth out the nail edges.
If your ingrown toenail is too painful to treat at home, you should schedule a consultation at Eazy Foot & Ankle. Dr. Elhiani can trim the nail and prevent it from growing into your skin. He can also apply a topical antibiotic to reduce your risk for infection.
When the nail grows too far into your skin, you may need surgery.
Surgery for ingrown toenails involves the removal of part or all of your nail. During your in-office procedure, Dr. Elhiani numbs your toe with a local anesthetic. Next, he makes an incision along the side of your nail to remove the portion from your skin. He may also need to remove the entire nail to prevent another ingrown toenail complication.
Dr. Elhiani can treat the nail bed with an antifungal medication to stop infections and wrap a bandage around your toe to help it heal. He also offers fungal nail therapies in-office, including laser treatments to destroy nail fungus and the Keryflex® nail restoration system to rebuild damaged nails.
Keryflex uses a durable composite resin to remodel damaged toenails, so your natural nail grows back healthy. Treatment also improves the cosmetic appearance of your nail immediately.
You can go home soon after your surgery is complete. The treated toe should heal within a few weeks. Dr. Elhiani provides resources to help you trim your nails properly and lower your risk for recurrent ingrown toenails.
Call Eazy Foot & Ankle to schedule a consultation for ingrown toenails or book an appointment online today.