When the corners of your toenails curve and dig or even grow into the soft tissue on the sides of the nail, it can cause painful irritation with noticeable redness and swelling. This condition is called onychocryptosis but is commonly referred to as an ingrown toenail, and it’s one of the most common nail impairments. If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, our experienced team of board-certified foot and ankle surgeons provides a variety of treatments to help with the related pain, swelling or infection.
Ingrown Toenail Causes And Concerns
The most common location for ingrown toenails is the big toe, but any toe can suffer from this affliction. You can develop an ingrown toenail when you improperly trim your nails, which should always be trimmed straight across. Wearing shoes that crowd the toes, heredity and repeated trauma to the feet are also common causes.
Discomfort from ingrown nails can become quite painful as the nail continues to grow into the flesh. Left untreated, you may notice drainage and odor due to infection, which should be addressed immediately. Never attempt to remove part of your ingrown toenail at home or use over-the-counter medications to treat your condition.
Make an appointment with our knowledgeable foot and ankle specialists if you notice any drainage or pain prevents you from walking or doing other activities. Patients with diabetes or other circulatory disorders should seek treatment immediately to prevent more serious complications from occurring. Severely ingrown toenails may require minor surgery to alleviate the condition.
Visit Our Dedicated Podiatrists
Nail problems should always be evaluated by our foot and ankle specialists. We can diagnose your ailment to determine the most appropriate treatment. We may remove the part of the nail growing into the skin. To treat infection, we prescribe topical and/or oral medications. If you suffer from chronic ingrown toenails, we can also perform a procedure to permanently prevent them from reoccurring.
We proudly serve residents throughout Ocean County, Burlington County, and the state of New Jersey. Contact us today to request more information about ingrown toenails or other foot-related conditions. Schedule an appointment at one of our six locations by calling our office in: