An ingrown toenail is a condition that can bring discomfort, irritation, and possible infection. At the New York Foot Experts offices in Midtown, Upper East Side, Financial district and Downtown Manhattan, Dr. Daniel Drapacz and the team of physicians provide treatment for ingrown toenails.When a toenail grows painfully into the nail fold, and this can commonly lead to infection. People with diabetes and other diseases that affect the nerves or circulation are at a greater risk of developing these infections.
What causes ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails develop when the nail begins to grow into the person’s skin when it should be growing over the top of it. This typically occurs on the first, or big, toe. Those with thick or curved toenails are usually more prone to getting ingrown toenails. Anyone can develop one however and usually as a result of injury, poorly fitting shoes, and improper foot hygiene and grooming. Those who have diabetes, vascular problems, and numbness in their toes will have to take special care of ingrown toenails because they can lead to more serious complications.
What is the treatment?
To ease symptoms toenails must be attended to. Grooming the toenails in the correct fashion can reverse the condition if it is not too severe. Reducing the pressure on the toe by wearing sandals or not wearing a shoe for several days is also important. If the ingrown nail is especially severe or an infection develops, the doctor may have to remove part of the nail. If ingrown nails are an ongoing issue, removal of the nail root on the ingrown side can be necessary. This is accomplished through ingrown toenail surgery. The doctor will drain the infection from the end of the toe during the procedure and if necessary remove the extra tissue which has grown over the end of the toenail.