NYC Ingrown Toenail Treatment
Get the help of a podiatrist to manage ingrown toenail pain or perform surgical removal
Ingrown toenails are common, affecting approximately 20% of people across the United States. They occur when your toenail begins to grow into its surrounding soft skin, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, and potentially an infection. For people with diabetes, the risk of an infection is much higher due to poorer blood flow, damaged nerves, and a lack of sufficient sensation in the foot.
An ingrown toenail can form in a few different ways, including wearing small shoes that cause toenail crowding, toenail injuries, curved toenails, and cutting toenails too short. Excessive foot perspiration, inadequate nail care, and high-impact activities that increase the likelihood of toenail injuries and also all increase your risk.
In most cases, ingrown toenails can be adequately treated at home through methods such as soaking your feet in warm, soapy water, using petroleum jelly and bandages on the affected skin, and placing cotton or wax under the ingrown part of the toenail to direct the nail’s growth above the skin. However, if you suffer from conditions such as diabetes or experience more severe symptoms such as pus or spreading inflammation, you may require the help of a doctor.
At Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Podiatry Department, we can help you manage pain caused by an ingrown toenail using a variety of treatment approaches depending on the nature of your symptoms. However, if you suffer from conditions such as diabetes or experience more severe symptoms such as pus or spreading inflammation, you may require the help of a doctor.
Ingrown Toenail Pain Management
Many cases of ingrown toenails may only require correction and pain management rather than surgical removal. Our podiatrists can lift the nail to stimulate growth above the skin or pull skin away from the nail to prevent the problem from worsening.
Ingrown Toenail Removal
In cases that involve severe symptoms such as spreading inflammation and pus, our podiatrists can numb your toe and perform a removal procedure. A partial toenail removal involves removing the ingrown area of the toenail. If the problem continues to occur repeatedly, your podiatrist may recommend removing both this portion of the nail and the underlying nail bed.
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