Ingrown Toenails

DeLoor Podiatry Associates -  - Podiatrist

DeLoor Podiatry Associates

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in New York & New Jersey

If you don’t treat ingrown toenails, they can progress and become a serious issue. At DeLoor Podiatry Associates, the caring podiatry professionals can diagnose and effectively treat your ingrown toenail right away to get you out of pain. There are convenient locations in Koreatown, Lenox Hill, Financial District, Hamilton Heights, Midtown, and Gramercy in Manhattan; Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, and Midwood in Brooklyn; and Paramus, New Jersey, so call the office in your area or click the online appointment maker for help.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail happens when a nail grows into the skin fold around it. Usually, it occurs with only one side of the nail and most often affects the big toe. 

If untreated, an ingrown toenail continues its growth trajectory under your skin. That can lead to increasingly serious symptoms and could even cause difficulty walking. 

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail usually has the following characteristics.

  • Red skin at the nail corner
  • Swelling at the nail corner
  • Tenderness or pain when you touch or press the nail
  • Drainage where the nail punctures the skin
  • Foul odor

Your symptoms can worsen dramatically as the nail continues growing beneath your skin. Infection is common with untreated ingrown toenails. In some cases, you may also grow granulation tissue — new abnormal skin that grows as a response to the severe inflammation. 

Why do I have ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails may develop for a variety of reasons, including: 

  • Wearing binding shoes
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Cutting your toenails in an arc shape
  • Having naturally curved nails

People who spend a lot of time on their feet, for example, police officers and teachers, are prone to ingrown toenails. If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation in your legs and feet, you're more likely to experience infections with ingrown toenails. 

How are ingrown toenails treated?

For mildly ingrown toenails, the DeLoor Podiatry Associates team may lift the corner of the nail using a tiny splint. If you have a moderately or severely ingrown toenail, the team may perform a minor in-office surgical procedure to remove the embedded corner of the nail.

Recurring ingrown toenails may require a procedure to remove the ingrown part of the nail as well as the corresponding section of the nail matrix (the growth bed). Then, topical phenol prevents that part of the nail from growing back. 

Ingrown toenail procedures are virtually painless thanks to local anesthesia, and you won't typically see a major difference in the appearance of your toenail. 

For help with ingrown toenails, you can trust the foot pain experts at DeLoor Podiatry Associates. Call the office nearest you or use the online appointment scheduling tool.