Have an ingrown toenail? Join the club. At least 40 million adults over the age of 21 have suffered from an ingrown toenail, so you aren’t alone. In many cases, you can resolve an ingrown toenail with proper nail and foot care at home. But in some cases, you’ll need the help of a medical professional.
At Precision Footcare in New York City, board-certified podiatrist Dr. John Jurcisin is an expert at relieving the pain and soreness caused by ingrown toenails. If you have an infection, he can treat it, and if ingrown toenails are a chronic problem, he can help prevent them from recurring.
Your toenail should grow straight out from the nailbed, evenly and without growth to either side. When the corner or side of your toenail starts growing into the surrounding skin, that is called an ingrown toenail.
This usually happens to your big toe, although other toes are not immune. Typical signs of an ingrown toenail are redness, swelling, and a stabbing pain where the nail is growing into the skin. The most common causes of ingrown toenails are:
Cutting the nail in a curve, instead of straight across. The corners of the nail should be left sticking out, almost as long as the center point of your toe.
An injury caused by dropping something on your toe, or stubbing it badly. This can cause the nail to start growing wrong.
Shoes that are too small, and pinch the toes. This can also cause the toenail to flatten and start growing to the sides.
If you have an ingrown toenail, you can take the following steps:
If these steps don’t help, you may need to call for an appointment with Dr. Jurcisin.
If the pain, redness, and swelling increases, it’s time for medical help. This goes double if you see pus or discharge, or the area around the ingrown toenail starts to turn gray or black. If you are diabetic, any injury to your feet is very risky and should be checked out at once.
Dr. Jurcisin will examine your toe and determine if the infection can be cured with antibiotics or if the damaged flesh and overgrown portion of the nail need to be removed. As a skilled podiatrist, he can help you resolve your ingrown toenail and keep the problem from coming back.
Is an ingrown toenail making your life miserable? Call us today at 212-750-8344 or request an appointment at Precision Footcare online using our handy scheduling tool.