Ingrown Toenail and Surgery

An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem among podiatric and adult patients. An ingrown nail occurs when the corner of a nail grows into the skin and causes pain, redness, and even infection in the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails should be treated in the first place in the office of your foot doctor in NYC. Only an early treatment can help you avoid further complications. If this is a chronic repeated issue, your foot doctor in NYC has a number of solutions for you.

There are treatment options that can help permanently prevent your ingrown nail from returning. After a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, always discuss all symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options with your podiatrist. Contact us to learn more or to book an appointment.

Causes of Ingrown Toenail

Your nail is supported by various visible and hidden portions. Under the cuticle and the proximal nail fold, there is the root of the nail. The root is the place where the cells producing the nail plate sit. And sometimes, these cells can get damaged because of trauma or tight shoes. It can begin to produce a nail that is thickened or sometimes, abnormal in shape. Center for Podiatry in New York and all over the world deal with patients with ingrown nails and other nail complications pretty much every single day.

Dr. Solomon can diagnose and treat your ingrown nail while answering any relevant questions you have about your condition. It is crucial to, first of all, consider the cause of your ingrown nail instead of just treating the problem. At this point, you can count on your NYC foot doctor Dr. Solomon to make a proper diagnosis. There are many causes that can lead to an ingrown toenail. Get in touch for a proper podiatric solution.

Yes, there are conservative treatments that might help you deal with ingrown toenails. But, if you did not get any relief from the traditional treatments, you may be a candidate for ingrown toenail surgery. To make sure you are a candidate for surgery, consult a trusted and experienced foot doctor in NYC such as Dr. Solomon. The causes of ingrown toe nail can be many and the most common causes of ingrown toenail are as mentioned below.

Prevention of Ingrown Toenails

If an ingrown toenail is left untreated for long, it can cause infection. Dr. Solomon, an experienced podiatrist suggests some easy ways to prevent ingrown nails. She suggests washing your feet regularly to keep them clean. Cut your nails straight since that will prevent them from growing underneath the adjacent skin. Change your socks often to keep your feet dry and wear shoes that are wide and comfortable. Usually, a podiatric doctor begins with a simple office process for removing the offending nail under local anesthesia.

If there is an infection, antibiotics may be required. In the partial nail avulsion, a part of the toenail is removed. This surgical procedure is very common for the treatment of ingrown toenails. The foot doctors in NYC reports over 95% success rates with this basic process. Partial nail avulsions may require only a local anesthetic to numb your toe. Contact us if you have any queries.

With anesthesia the side of the nail can be safely and painlessly removed. Phenol is a chemical that helps prevent nail growth. This may also be used to kill the nail root in patients having recurrent ingrown nails. Generally, antibiotics are prescribed after this procedure if pus is draining. In certain rare cases, a total nail avulsion may be required. In this procedure, the toenail is completely removed.