An ingrown toenail hurts, looks awful, and may even threaten your health if infected — all good reasons to book an appointment at Forest Hills Family Foot Care in Queens, New York, promptly when you have the first signs of this troubling issue. Experienced ingrown toenail specialist David Mehl, DPM, offers on-the-spot treatments to relieve your discomfort and prevent further issues, so don’t wait to seek treatment. Call the Forest Hills office or click the scheduling link now.
An ingrown toenail describes a nail that grows into the skin instead of over it. When one develops, it’s usually on a big toe, and just one corner of the nail grows this way. Ingrown toenails are quite uncomfortable, and they can also be dangerous.
Without treatment, an ingrown toenail can lead to an infection that spreads into the tissue nearby — and possibly into bone deeper in your foot too.
Ingrown toenails are usually easily identified, with symptoms on one side of your nail, including:
An ingrown toenail may make wearing most shoes difficult.
Poor nail grooming habits, including cutting your nails too short and trimming your nails in a rounded shape, are the most common cause of ingrown toenails. Tight shoes that squeeze your toes are another common reason for ingrown toenails.
Some people have toenails that are too large for their toes, which can lead the nails to grow under the skin instead of outward. Trauma, like jamming your toe, could also lead to an ingrown toenail.
At Forest Hills Family Foot Care, Dr. Mehl uses conservative but effective treatments for ingrown toenails. For a mildly ingrown toenail, he may gently lift and splint the nail to help it grow outward rather than into your skin.
If you have a badly ingrown toenail, Dr. Mehl can administer a local anesthetic to numb your toe and then remove the ingrown nail corner.
For recurring ingrown toenails, Dr. Mehl may recommend a procedure to remove a strip of the toenail, including the nail's growth center (the nail matrix). This prevents the toenail from growing back and gives you a smaller nail overall.
If you have an ingrown nail with an infection, you need oral and topical antibiotics as well.
An ingrown toenail may cause tremendous discomfort if you don't take care of it right away. Before you have serious complications, call Forest Hills Family Foot Care or click on the appointment scheduling button now.