An ingrown toenail can cause intense pain that worsens as the nail digs deeper into your skin. With locations in Kingston, New Windsor, Wappingers Falls, Hudson, and West Coxsackie, New York, the board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons at Hudson Valley Foot Associates provide in-office, same-day treatment for ingrown toenails. Call Hudson Valley Foot Associates or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin. As a result, the skin becomes tender, red, and inflamed. Ingrown toenails can even lead to severe infection. While ingrown nails can affect any of your nails, they commonly occur in the big toe. Treating an ingrown toenail early may help you avoid complications that require surgery.
Ingrown toenails aren’t always obvious at first. The skin around your nail may feel hard and tender. However, as the nail deepens, it can cause:
If you have an advanced ingrown toenail, the skin may wrap over the nail due to severe swelling.
Many factors can increase your risk of developing ingrown toenails, including:
Playing certain sports, such as soccer and running, also makes you more vulnerable to injuries that cause ingrown toenails.
Most ingrown toenails respond well to nonsurgical treatments. Soaking your feet may help soften the skin, making it easier to pull away from the nail. Unfortunately, surgical intervention may be your best option if the nail is embedded too deeply.
At Hudson Valley Foot Associates, your doctor may recommend either partial or complete removal of the affected nail. This treatment involves surgically removing the portion of the nail growing into the skin and a small amount of the nail bed. Your doctor may also remove a portion of the surrounding tissue to prevent infection.
Some people are highly prone to recurrent ingrown toenails, especially children and teens. If you or your child gets chronic ingrown toenails, permanent removal of the damaged nail can help prevent a recurrence.
Infections are common when you have an advanced ingrown toenail. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent new damage. To learn more about ingrown toenails, call Hudson Valley Foot Associates or schedule an appointment online today.