Ingrown toe nails (onychocryptosis) are a very common, and painful problem. They develop when part of the nail grows incorrectly into the skin, causing a constant pressure. They can be genetic, caused by trauma, pressure from ill-fitting shoegear, or simply from cutting the nail improperly.
Treatment options depend on the severity of the condition. Minor ingrown nails can be cut back with sterilized nail clippers. However more severe cases can require injection with a local anesthetic along with avulsion of the nail. The nail plate can also be permanently removed with a chemical procedure.
In very severe chronic instances of ingrown toenails, surgery may be required. However, the in office procedure options are often very successful in taking care of the condition.
If an ingrown toenail is left untreated, infection can develop. In this case, a course of antibiotics will need to be prescribed, and the infection would need to be drained from the toe by performing one of the procedures discussed above.
If you have an ingrown toenail that concerns you, come visit us at one of our convenient locations in Kenilworth, Bayonne, Montclair and Little Ferry.
Innovative Foot and Ankle of New Jersey has offices Essex County, Union County, Bergen County and Hudson County. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, come see Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Rallatos, Dr. Gonzales, Dr. Visperas or Dr. Anthony at one of our four convenient locations.