Ingrown toenails might not cause you much bother at first, but if they’re left untreated, they can become very painful and lead to foot infections. If you spot an ingrown toenail, Bryon Butts, DPM, of Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help. Dr. Butts and his team provide a range of effective treatments for ingrown toenails, including surgery for severe cases. If you have ingrown toenails, don’t let them get any worse. Call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Ingrown toenails typically occur on your big toes, when the nail grows into the skin rather than over it.
Tight-fitting shoes can be a contributory factor, and sometimes injuries lead to ingrown toenails, but they most often develop when you cut the nail too short, especially if you shape your toenail at the sides like you would a fingernail.
Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, and in severe cases might cause infection in your feet that can spread into your bloodstream and even your bones, with serious complications.
If you have diabetes, injuries and infections affecting the feet are a particular worry, because of poor circulation and a condition called diabetic peripheral neuropathy that affects the nerves in your feet.
If you notice an ingrown toenail, you shouldn’t attempt to remove it yourself or clip the corner unless you can see the clip and the nail. However, you can try home treatments for an ingrown toenail.
Soak your ingrown toenail in Epsom salts and warm water every day and massage the nail fold. Apply some moisturizer to soften the skin, and cover your toe with a bandage. This helps relax the skin and ease any pain. Wear loose-fitting socks and shoes, or open-toed sandals when possible.
If your home treatments aren’t helping, or your ingrown toenail is more severe, you should visit Performance Footcare for treatment.
Dr. Butts first treats any infection that’s present with a course of antibiotics. He can remove the spike where the nail is penetrating the skin under local anesthetic and raise the end of the nail plate to ensure the nail doesn’t become ingrown again.
If you have severe or recurring ingrown toenails, you may need to consider surgery. Dr. Butts carries out a procedure called phenolisation under a local anesthetic. He removes 8-10% of the ingrown toenail, then applies a chemical called phenol to cauterize the nail and prevent it from growing back. He can remove the nail root on the ingrown side to avoid the problem happening in the future.
If you have ingrown toenails, avoid increasing pain and disability by calling Performance Footcare today, or book an appointment online.