Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC
Podiatrists located in Midtown & Downtown, New York, NY
If you are in the New York, NY area and dealing with ingrown toenails, Manhattan Podiatry Associates can help. At the practice, our doctors specialize in the treatment of recurring and severe ingrown toenails and can help patients using ingrown toenail surgery. Patients can visit locations in Midtown East and Midtown West.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery Q & A
What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails develop when the nail begins to grow into the person’s skin when it should be growing over the top of it. This typically occurs on the first, or big, toe. Those with thick or curved toenails are usually more prone to getting ingrown toenails. Anyone can develop one however and usually as a result of injury, poorly fitting shoes, and improper foot hygiene and grooming. Those who have diabetes, vascular problems, and numbness in their toes will have to take special care of ingrown toenails because they can lead to more serious complications.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
If a person’s toenails are not trimmed properly or become damaged it can result in an ingrown toenail. The site can cause discomfort and may become infected if left untreated. Cutting toenails too short or rounding the edges of the nail by wearing hosiery, poorly fitting shoes, or socks which put pressure on the nail are the most common causes of ingrown nails. Infection, additional pain, and swelling can all result from overgrown tissue. When an ingrown toenail if left untreated and becomes infected, pus can develop and it can become very red. If this the nail does become infected or pain does not go away after attending to the nail, contact the doctor immediately. This is especially true for diabetics who can risk foot infection complications and damage.
How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated?
To prevent complications and ease symptoms, the toenail must be attended to. Grooming the toenails in the correct fashion can reverse the condition if it is not too severe. Reducing the pressure on the toe by wearing sandals or not wearing a shoe for several days is also important. If the ingrown nail is especially severe or an infection develops, the doctor may have to remove part of the nail. If ingrown nails are an ongoing issue, removal of the nail root on the ingrown side can be necessary. This is accomplished through ingrown toenail surgery. The doctor will drain the infection from the end of the toe during the procedure and if necessary remove the extra tissue which has grown over the end of the toenail.
In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expense, we accept and participate in most managed care and insurance plans. If you have a question about your insurance, or if your plan is not listed below, please call our expert staff. We have a trained full-time insurance coordinator to assist every patient with insurance forms and questions.
Words from our patients
"...the office and exam rooms are clean, the front desk people are always courteous and welcoming and the nurses are super efficient and friendly."
"I'm happy to say that I think my foot problems are behind me and I have Dr. Shapiro and his wonderful staff to thank for that."
"Every appointment the staff was on time and there was no need to wait, which is wonderful when you need to leave work to make a mid-day appt."
"I found Dr. Abramow to be friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and forthcoming about everything involved in my surgery. I would recommend him to a friend..."
"He was incredibly friendly and communicative -- answered all my questions and luckily was able to quickly diagnose my ailment. "
"The doctor took his time and was very good at explaining what was causing the pain in my foot. I would definitely recommend Dr. Landsman to my family and friends!"