Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Battle Born Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV

You might like your toenails trimmed short for aesthetic purposes, but if you cut your toenails too short you may be setting yourself up for an ingrown toenail. If it's too late, you have treatment options. Foot and ankle specialists, Drs.Jaymes and Angela Granata, at Battle Born Bone & Joint Center in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to relieve your toe discomfort. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the side of your flesh, causing a number of symptoms, including:

  • Pain and redness
  • Swelling and tenderness of the toe

Once the symptoms begin, an infection may be right around the corner.

Ingrown toenails can occur on any toe, but are most common in the big toe.

What causes ingrown toenails?

There are a number of causes of ingrown toenails, including:

  • Cutting your nails too short
  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Stubbing your toe or other trauma

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

Dr. Granata recommends you try nonsurgical treatment methods for your ingrown toenail first, such as:

  • Soaking the affected foot in warm water up to four times a day
  • Using over-the-counter pain medication as needed
  • Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Surgery

If you are experiencing increasing pain, redness, swelling, and discharge, you may be developing an infection.  In this case, you should be evaluated immediately.

Treatment options may include partial or complete removal of the affected toenail, along with removal of the underlying nail bed and any of the affected soft tissue on the side of your nail.

Dr. Granata may recommend surgery if you have recurrent ingrown toenails.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

Proper foot care, especially when it comes to trimming the toenails, may help you prevent an ingrown toenail from forming. Dr. Granata recommends:

  • Wearing durable shoes that have plenty of toe room will reduce the risk of trauma
  • Trimming toenails with a clean, sharp toenail cutter straight across; do not round the edges

If you have an ingrown toenail that’s causing discomfort or you’re prone to ingrown toenails, call the office or book an appointment online for an evaluation with Dr. Granata.