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Posts for category: Ingrown Toenails

By Dr Evan Vieira
November 16, 2021
Category: Ingrown Toenails
                           infected ingrown toenails
We have all had one at some point, and we all try to avoid them like the plague, but it happens. Ingrown nails are a painful nuisance that can really be quite annoying.  However, if that ingrown nail becomes infected a more serious issue can arise.  
If you have pain and tenderness to the edge of your toe it could certainly be from an ingrown nail.  If you start to see drainage, redness, swelling and or pus you now have an infection.  This usually requires intervention from your doctor.  
As you can see in this photo the nail borders become inflamed, collections of pus can develop and pain will start to increase.  In severe cases one might feel nausea, vomiting, fever and chills.  If you have any of these symptoms you should consult a doctor immediately.  
One of our board-certified doctors can help remove the incurvated portion of the nail, drain the pus and help give you instructions for home care.  In some instances these infections could require oral antibiotics for treatment as well. 
Ingrown nails can often become a chronic issue from some patients. In these instances ther eare more permanent options to alleviate the problem.  If you are concerned or have had this in the past give us a call today.  We can discuss you options, give you a thorough evaluation and help you prevent future issues.
You might have heard that cutting a notch in the center of your toenail will temper the tendency for the nail to curve downward and dig into your skin. But, does this method really minimize, or heal ingrown toenails? The answer is an unequivocal NO. 
The nail grows from the base (cuticle area) forward, so cutting a V in the tip of the nail has no impact on growth.
If you have a chronic, painful, ingrown nail, the best remedy is an in office minor surgical procedure where the offending nail border is removed. 
If you are concerned about a chronic and painful ingrown toenail please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Maspeth, Plainview, or Coram and one of our expert award-winning podiatrists will be happy to consult with you and properly diagnose and treat this condition.
By Dr Alison Croughan
July 27, 2021
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are simply put when a piece of the nail grows into the adjacent skin - we usually notice pain, swelling and redness.  Common causes can be improper nail trimming, pedicures, sports, tight shoegear and sometimes it is just genetics.  We suggest epsom salt soaks to alleviate pain and swelling but absolutely recommend avoiding at home “bathroom surgery.”  Patients with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulation concerns should absolutely avoid any self treatment.  Nail problems and possible infections should be evaluated and diagnosed by a Podiatrist. Most times an ingrown toenail can be treated with a clipping of the offending nail and a topical antibiotic ointment and we find that the earlier the treatment the faster the recovery. 

By Dr David Ehrlich
September 15, 2020
Category: Ingrown Toenails

                       Ingrown Inculcated Nails

Ingrown toe nails are a common foot condition that affectadults and children alike. As a nail grows out, it may become curved and latch onto the skin, causing significant pain. We call these nails “incurvated” and the condition of the nail becoming ingrown we refer to as “onychocryptosis”.

Signs and symptoms of an ingrown toe nail include redness around the nail, pain, clear or yellow drainage around the nail, and a curved appearance to the edge of the nail. This condition most commonly affects the great toe nail, but any toe can be involved. If left untreated, an ingrown toe nail can lead to a localized skin infection with to potential to spread to the surrounding areas of the foot.

Luckily, there are a several ways to manage this painful condition. If the nail is only partially ingrown, then the tip of the nail may be clipped to relieve symptoms and prevent infection. In these milder cases, it is also important to soak the involved foot in warm water with Epsom salts which act as an astringent to soothe the skin and decrease swelling. If the entire border of the nail is ingrown with signs of infection, it may be necessary to remove the entire border of the nail. This relieves the pain and also allows the area to drain any fluid or pus and thus prevent infection.

Once an individual has an ingrown nail, they may be predisposed to having subsequent ingrown nails. If this disease process recurs multiple times, one may consider nail cauterization. In this procedure, a special chemical is applied around the root of the nail to prevent that segment of the nail from regrowing.

No one should have to suffer any pain from an ingrown nail. Please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment and have the experts at Advanced Podiatry evaluate and manage any of your nail conditions! 


By Dr Arden Smith
August 17, 2020
Category: Ingrown Toenails
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  
For some folks, frequent ingrown toenails might be dictated by genetics. The nails may grow thicker, or just grow a certain way that then causes a corner, or the border of the nail to grow into the skin.
If you have a tendency to get ingrown toenails frequently, one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth may recommend an in-office procedure to correct the problem. 
There is a permanent procedure that we can do where you can permanently remove the border of the toenail that keeps ingrowing. One of our expert podiatrists will numb the area and cut out the problematic part of the toenail. An acid is applied to prevent the nail from growing back. Full recovery usually takes between 2 to 4 weeks with no loss of function. It’s an easy procedure that can be done right in our office and takes about 10 minutes.
If you suffer from chronic ingrown toenails speak to one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth.

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