Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Jeremy Moran, DPM -  - Podiatrist


Jeremy Moran, DPM

Podiatrist located in Tomball, TX

Not only are ingrown toenails unsightly, they can become so severely infected, slipping on shoes and walking around can become unbearably uncomfortable. If you have an ingrown toenail or seem to struggle with them regularly, contact ToeOp in Tomball, Texas, for an evaluation. You can book an ingrown toenail evaluation through the website or you can call the office directly.

Ingrown Toenails

What causes ingrown toenails?

Your toenails are made up of thick, fibrous keratin proteins that grow on an ongoing basis. While your toenails are supposed to grow up and over your nail bed, in some cases, they start digging into your delicate skin tissue as they grow. Most ingrown toenails are caused by:

  • Trimming your toenails too short
  • Rounding out your toenail edges
  • Wearing shoes that are too snug
  • Ripping or tearing your toenails

Sometimes though, ingrown toenails occur because of your natural nail shape. If your toenails are too curved — known as pincer nails — you might just be prone to developing ingrown toenails, no matter how diligent you are about properly caring for your nails. 


When should I see a doctor for an ingrown toenail?

Aside from agonizing pain, the big concern with an ingrown toenail is an infection. Blood flow is so limited in your toes, especially if you have diabetes or heart disease. A seemingly minor infection can become infected rather quickly and without proper treatment, this infection can spread into your bones.

You’re encouraged to schedule an ingrown toenail evaluation at ToeOp if you’re experiencing any of the following issues on one or both sides of your toenail:

  • Tenderness 
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Oozing 

Even though ingrown toenails typically occur on your big toe, in reality, any of your toenails can become ingrown. If any of these symptoms is affecting you, schedule an evaluation at ToeOp as soon as possible. 


Do I need surgery for an ingrown toenail?

Not always. For minor ingrown toenails, you may benefit from a toenail splint. This splint, which needs to be changed regularly, promotes proper nail growth away from your nail bed so that sore ingrown toenail begins to resolve.

If you have an infection or seriously painful ingrown toenail though, you might need surgery. ToeOp provides in-office ingrown toenail procedures with a local numbing solution, so you’re entirely comfortable throughout your surgery. 

Ingrown toenail surgery can involve gently trimming away the ingrown part of your toenail, or removing the entire nail for complex cases.ToeOpt also offers permanent toenail removal to prevent ongoing issues with ingrown toenails.

Before your ingrown toenail worsens any further, schedule an exam at ToeOp. You can conveniently book either online or over the phone.