Our new office in Tarzana will be welcoming patients from 1st January

We're now offering Saturday appointments at the Chino and Upland offices. House calls and Telehealth visits are available for qualified patients. We are also
performing Covid 19 PCR and rapid testing at the Chino office

Ingrown Nail

Ingrown Nail Solution

Ingrown Nail Solution

An infected nail doesn’t cause much discomfort until it actually does. It becomes hard to ignore and can become hellacious if you continue to live with it. Ingrown toenails can be a special bother if you already have a particular condition. For instance, ingrown toenail among diabetes patients can be a lot more serious.

Hence, if you catch an infection on your nail due to an ingrown nail or some injury, you should immediately contact Empire Foot & Ankle.

Ingrown Nail: The Common Causes

Some of the common causes of ingrown nail include:

  • Tight-fitting footwear
  • Erroneous nail cutting techniques
  • Nail plate thickening
  • Trauma
  • Subungual Exostosis (SE)
  • Hallux valgus or some lesser toe deformities

Home Remedies for Ingrown Nail

Carrying out an ingrown nail treatment at home may not be a permanent solution. But it will provide you with some temporary relief.

  • Soak your foot in warm water three to four times a day whilst pushing the skin away from the nail with a cotton bud. Adding Epsom’s salt in the water makes the process more effective.
  • Do not cut the nail repeatedly as it makes the problem worse.
  • Wear footwear that leaves plenty of room for your footwear to move.

If all of this doesn’t work out, seek help from a podiatrist.

When to Contact Empire Foot & Ankle

People with diabetes or a compromised immune system should immediately contact us for ingrown nail treatment. Patients with poor blood circulation are also advised not to delay their treatment even if the symptoms appear to be mild.

If the home remedies do not bear results within a week and signs of infection start to appear, it’s best for you to contact our professionals. Swelling, redness, pain, streaking mal-odor and puss are some common signs of an infection.

Ingrown Nail Solution by Empire Foot & Ankle

Our podiatrists may remove a part of the nail that is pushing into the skin. They may also remove a certain portion of the nail along with the underlying nail bed to stop the condition from reoccurring. Many times, our professional place a cotton wool to stop the nail from cutting through the skin.

We also perform surgeries to remove the ingrown part of the nail. It is referred to as toenail avulsion. It’s where the doctor cuts away the edges of the toenail and makes it narrower. Folds of skin on either sides are also removed. Meanwhile the patients will be provided with a local or general anesthetic based on the circumstances.

Whatever happens, we will make sure the entire process is comfortable and stress free for the patients.

We are open to treat your foot and ankle pathologies during these unprecedented time.
Safety of our patients is our priority. We are following all the CDC guidelines and taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety when in the office. In addition to our routine and sanitizing procedures, we also follow these measures:

  • Screening patient via the phone during scheduling and upon arrival to the office.
  • We enforce and practice social distancing: No waiting in the waiting room as all patients entering the office directly go into a private treatment room.
  • Sanitizing of all high traffic and high touch areas after each patient leaves our office.
  • Our doctors and staff are fully equipped with personal protection equipment, and if needed, these equipments will be given to the patients as well.
  • We must keep vulnerable patients out of the ER and hospitals. We are answering the phones 24/7 for urgent matters as our phone line is routed to our cell phone.
  • In some cases, we also provide Telemedicine and conduct Home Visits.
  • We try to give same day appointments during this time.