By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 12, 2018
Category: Ingrown Toenails
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Perhaps one of the more painful, common conditions that we treat at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care is the ingrown toenail. When a nail grows into the nail bed it can become red, swollen, and very tender to the touch. It’s so painful that often patients put off coming to us (which only allows the condition to get worse) because they fear how much the treatment will hurt. When an ingrown toenail is severe, or an infection has developed, our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah can do a procedure known as a partial nail plate avulsion. First, we numb the toe with an anesthetic. Then we can cut out the ingrown portion of the nail. Patients leave the office in much less pain then they came with.

Avoiding Ingrown Nails

Of course, it’s always better to prevent a foot or nail problem in the first place. Below are some ways you can help stop an ingrown toenail before it starts:

  • Trim nails correctly—improper trimming is the number one cause of ingrown toenails. Nails should be cut straight across and with no rounded corners. It’s also important not to trim nails so short that the skin of the toe can easily flap over the nail.
  • Don’t wear shoes and socks that are tight. The constant pressing of the toes together encourages ingrown nails to form.
  • Wash your feet daily. If you think an ingrown toenail is starting, you can soak the foot in warm water several times a day and gently massage the corner of the nail out of the skin.

No “Bathroom Surgery” Please

Do not attempt to cut the nail out yourself—this can lead to serious injury and infection. Avoid home remedies such as sticking a piece of cotton under the nail or cutting a notch out of the nail. These also will not work and will damage the nail and the toe.

If you have an ingrown toenail, don’t suffer needlessly. Contact our Edison, Linden, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.