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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in adults. They occur when the corner of a toenail grows into the skin or when the skin grows over the toenail. Ingrown toenails cause pain and swelling. If left untreated, they can lead to infection.

Dr. Hratch Demirjian provides effective treatment for painful ingrown toenails at Hara Podiatrists’ Group in Covina, CA. If you have an ingrown toenail, call our office for an appointment at (626) 331-7391 or you may request an appointment online.

Learn more about ingrown toenails below:

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

While any toe can be affected, ingrown toenails most frequently occur in the big toe. Causes include:

  • Wearing high heels or shoes that are too tight in the toe area
  • Pressure from a poor-fitting shoe or tight-fitting socks
  • Poorly shaped toenails (rounded)
  • Fungal infections or arthritis
  • Toe injury

Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails cause pain. Your skin surrounding the toenail may appear red, have mild swelling, and feel warm to the touch.

If an ingrown toenail becomes infected, the redness and swelling gets worse. A white or yellow colored discharge may drain from the area. You may develop a fever, although this rarely occurs.

Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

In some cases, ingrown toenails can be treated at home. You should soak your toe in warm water several times a day. Over-the-counter products can help reduce the swelling and promote healing. Protect your toe with a soft foam toecap or gauze. As your toenail grows out, trim it straight across.

If you have a medical condition that puts you at risk for infection, such as diabetes or AIDS, you should not treat ingrown toenails at home. You should contact a podiatrist immediately for professional treatment.

Dr. Demirjian can safely treat an ingrown toenail in his office by removing excess skin around the toenail and prescribing antibiotics to prevent infection.

If left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected. Infections can lead to abscesses that require surgery. Infections are especially concerning for people with medical conditions that increase their risk for infection, such as diabetes, poor circulation, AIDS, or those receiving chemotherapy.


To prevent ingrown toenails, trim toenails straight across, not rounded. Wear shoes and socks that fit well. If you have a foot deformity or diabetes-related foot problems, you may benefit from orthotics or custom shoes for proper support.

Ingrown Toenail? Call Our Covina, CA Foot Doctor Today

If you have an ingrown toenail, do not hesitate to seek treatment from a medical professional. In our Covina, CA podiatry office, our foot doctor can usually accommodate you with a same-day or next-day appointment. Call Dr. Demirjian at (626) 331-7391 or use our online appointment request form at your convenience.