An ingrown toenail that curves and grows into the skin can be a mild problem that grows out on its own or become a serious condition involving significant pain and/or infection. In mild cases, self-care methods work well and the toenail is apt to grow out normally. In more serious situations, surgery may be necessary. This may involve removing a tiny portion of the ingrown nail or permanent removal of the side and root of the nail to prevent the edge from growing in again. If just a portion of a nail is removed, the toe will heal and the nail most often grows back normally. When a more permanent procedure is performed, using lasers or chemicals, that part of the nail may only grow back partially—or not at all.
If you are in need of treatment for an ingrown toenail problem, don’t wait until it gets worse. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger today.