Ingrown toenails are a common problem, but poor circulation can increase your risk of potentially severe side effects. At Bay Area Podiatry Group in San Leandro, California, experienced podiatrists Jenny Yu, DPM, and Renee Woo, DPM, offer several types of treatment for ingrown toenails, including the Onyfix® Nail Correction System. Call the office today to request treatment for ingrown toenails, or book your appointment online.

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What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails develop when your nail grows into the soft skin around the nail bed. Most people experience an ingrown toenail at least once during their lives.  But if you have diabetes or another medical condition that affects your blood flow, ingrown toenails can cause infection and gangrene.

What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenail symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness at the nail border(s);
  • Swelling and redness of the nail border(s);
  • Toenail appears to be “cutting” the skin, creating an infection
  • Active infection – blood, clear drainage and/or pus

Should I seek treatment for an ingrown toenail?

Absolutely.  This is infected skin.  It is advised to seek treatment immediately./

Who gets ingrown toenails?

Everyone is susceptibe to an ingrown toenail.  Certiain things increase your risk of developing an ingrown toenail:

  • Highly incurvated toenails;
  • Injuring your toenail
  • Wearing shoes that crowd your toes
  • Cutting your nails too short
  • Active kids that are rapidly outgrowing their shoes.

How are ingrown nails treated?

Dr. Yu will offer options for treatment.   There is the traditional procedure to remove the offending nail border (i.e. nail avulsion).

Dr Yu also offers a non-surgical option for nails that are highly incurvated, called the Onyfix Nail Correction System. Onyfix helps ingrown nails regain their original shape without surgery or pain.

During Onyfix treatment, Dr. Yu applies a composite resin to your affected nail (or nails). The Onyfix resin causes your nail to stay in the correct shape, forming a pathway for new nail growth.  You return to Bay Area Podiatry Group every two or three months for follow-up appointments. Dr. Yu monitors your progress at each visit and applies more of the Onyfix solution.  At about 4-6 months after apply the Onyfix, your nail should appear more straight, reducing your risk of an ingrown nail.

Call Bay Area Podiatry Group today to receive treatment for an ingrown toenail, or make your appointment online.