Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails services offered in Sugar Land, TX

If you have poor circulation, ingrown toenails increase the risk of more serious problems like infection and gangrene. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle changes and routine checkups can reduce your risk. At Vargas Foot Specialists, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM, specializes in diagnosing and treating ingrown toenails. To make an appointment, call our office in Sugar Land, Texas, or book online today.

What is ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail develops when your nail grows into the skin surrounding the nail bed instead of away from your toe. Almost everyone experiences ingrown toenails occasionally, but if you have diabetes or another health problem that affects your circulation, you’re also more likely to experience complications.

Contact Dr. Vargas immediately if you have an ingrown toenail that doesn’t improve with at-home treatment.

Who is at risk of developing ingrown toenails?

Anyone can develop an ingrown toenail, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Wearing tight shoes that crowd your toes
  • Cutting your toenails at an angle
  • Experiencing trauma, like stubbing your toe
  • Having an unusual foot shape

You’re also more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you have a health problem that affects circulation to your feet, like diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Treatment of ingrown toenails depends on various factors, including age, the severity of your symptoms, and whether your nail is infected. Dr. Vargas might recommend:

  • Lifting the nail with a piece of cotton so it grows away from your toe
  • Taping the nail so it stays away from your skin
  • Placing a splint under the nail so it grows away from your toe
  • Partially removing the nail
  • Removing the entire nail

Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to prevent pain, reduce the risk of infection, and restore your mobility.

How can I reduce my risk of ingrown toenails?

You can do several things to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails. Dr. Vargas recommend:

    • Wearing comfortable shoes that have plenty of room for your toes
    • Trimming your nails straight across instead of at an angle
    • Soaking your nails in warm water before trimming them

If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar in check. To learn more about the treatment options for ingrown toenails, make an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the office or booking online today.

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Client Testimonials

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Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.