Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common problem for children and adults. The shape of the nail plate is a major factor in causing an ingrown nail. A normal nail resembles a dinner plate laying upside down. The outer edges of the nail should be easy to see and easy to trim.

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When a nail incurvates or bends inward on the edges the potential for an ingrown nail increases.

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Improper trimming can lead to the nail growing into the flesh.

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TREATMENT:

The ingrown toenail is gently trimmed away under local anesthesia in the office.  A topical medication is applied to the area,  preventing the return of the ingrown nail.  A Band-Aid is used until healing is complete. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes.  Most patients may return to work or play the same day, and rarely is a pain medication required. The chemical treatment for an ingrown toe nail has been successfully used for many years and usually is a permanent solution to the problem for children and adults.  Most patients find their treatment to be a pleasant, comfortable, and satisfying experience when performed by a qualified podiatrist.

If you think you have an Ingrown Toenail please call our office so we can help you become pain-free.
(708) 867-3338