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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
June 18, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience the discomfort of an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is also known ingrown toenailsas onychocryptosis or unguis incarnate, is one of the most common foot disorders treated by the foot doctors at Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY. Below, Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova explain what causes an ingrown toenail and what steps you can take to prevent them.

How do ingrown toenails happen?

An ingrown toenail, which most commonly affects the big toe, is the result of the nail wedging itself into the tissue of the nail bed at its corners. Most of the time, your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor finds that trimming the nails incorrectly is the cause; other people develop them from tight-fitting or narrow shoes or after an injury to the toenail. Regardless of how it happens, the symptoms are the same: reddened, swollen skin around one or both edges of the toenail, sharp pain from even the slightest pressure, and bleeding or discharge of pus due to infection.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

Although ingrown toenails are very treatable, preventing them is fairly simple if you follow your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor's recommendations. The most important step is to trim the toenails straight across; attempting to follow the toe's natural curved shape can cause the nail to bend and grow improperly. Taking care not to trim the nail too short can also help to prevent ingrowth. If you routinely wear narrow shoes that crowd your toes, you can also put yourself at risk for an ingrown nail. Talk to your podiatrist about the types and brands of shoes that provide plenty of room in the toe area.

Contact Foot Health Podiatry if you have further questions about ingrown toenails or need to make an appointment with one of our foot doctors in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 21, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Pain, redness, and tenderness at the edges of your toenails where they contact the skin may be a sign that a nail is growing into the skin. This can quickly become a very painful and debilitating injury and may lead to possible infection if left untreated. Ingrown toenails often get started from a toenail that was cut too short or on a curve, allowing the edge of the nail to start growing under the skin instead of over the top. Shoes with a narrow toe box, such as high heels, can contribute to ingrown toenail problems by forcing the toes together or against the side of the shoes.

While some people are just born with overly curved toenails and are more susceptible to developing this condition, many folks will benefit from the following preventative measures:

  • Proper cutting method—Never round your toenails at the corners. Always cut them straight across, and be careful not to cut them too short.
  • The right footwear—Your shoes should provide plenty of support and comfort while allowing room in the toe box for your toes to move around a little. Make sure you have a half inch of room in the front of your longest toe to help prevent rubbing and the pressure that can cause nails to grow inward.
  • Daily foot checks—Catching signs of an ingrown toenail early can help prevent more serious complications from occurring.

If you are experiencing ingrown toenail problems, see your foot care specialist right away before they worsen. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 

 

Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Many people are bringing out their sandals and open-toed shoes with the arrival of spring and its warm weather. After bracing through a cold winter, however, the feet may be suffering from a case of ingrown toenails.

Six keys, however, can help prevent and ease the pain: being careful with your cuticles, wearing the right shoe shape, clipping nails with caution, giving your feet space, soaking the toes, and cleaning and treating the affected nails.

Avoid tight-fitting shoes that will squish the toes, and allow already ingrown toenails to soak in iodine and warm water before applying an antibiotic cream and covering with a bandage or bandaid.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
November 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

In a recent study physicists of the University of Nottingham in England took a closer look at the mechanical forces that act on fingernails and toenails—particularly the outward growth of the nail. Researchers have found that ingrown toenails form because of an imbalance in the forces acting on them from nail growth. Nails that grow too quickly tend to have a nail edge that becomes more curved, which in turn makes it more likely for the far edges of the nail to poke down into the skin beside the nail—creating an ingrown nail. To combat ingrown nails, cut nails into a parabolic or oval shape rather than straight across at the end of the nail. Using this method will cause the forces acting on the nail and nail bed to balance, preventing the growth of ingrown nails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are left unattended. To learn more, consult with podiatristDr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenezwill provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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