As minor as an ingrown toenail may seem, it’s never something you should treat on your own. At New York Foot Center, leading podiatrist Terry Robertson, DPM offers flexible scheduling for minor to severe ingrown toenail surgery. This in-office procedure provides relief almost instantly and reduces your risk of severe infection. If you have an ingrown toenail, schedule an appointment by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic in Yorkville, Upper East Side.
Ingrown toenails develop when your toenail starts growing into your toe’s skin. While they tend to form on the sides of your big toes, you can develop ingrown toenails on any of them. Some of the most common causes include:
The exact cause of ingrown toenails isn’t always known, and sometimes you have them because of how your toe develops.
It’s common for ingrown toenail sufferers to think they can treat ingrown toenails on their own. But blood circulation — which is essential for healing — is already limited in your feet because of gravity. Injuries to your toes and feet don’t heal as quickly as other areas.
Trying to treat your ingrown toenail is going to expose you to infection. You also risk damaging the skin and increasing your risk of repeatedly developing ingrown toenails.
Dr. Robertson spends time evaluating the severity of your ingrown toenail. If needed, he numbs your toe before treating you. Once you’re comfortable, he gently trims away the ingrown part of your nail. In more severe cases, he may need to remove the surrounding tissue portion or your entire nail.
If you have an underlying infection, Dr. Robertson treats it with clinical-grade solutions and may prescribe prescription medications to prevent the infection from spreading.
The best thing you can do to prevent ingrown toenails is to learn proper foot care.
Start with a fresh pair of toenail clippers, which are wider and flatter than fingernail clippers. While cutting, make sure you cut straight across rather than following the natural curve of your nail bed.
Most people only need to trim their toenails about every 3-4 weeks, or as they start to notice their nails rubbing against their shoes.
After trimming, file down any rough edges and scrub away dead skin with a pumice stone. Lastly, make sure your footwear provides plenty of room for your toes to wiggle and your nails to grow.
Book your ingrown toenail evaluation at New York Foot Center either online or over the phone.