Ingrown Toenail

Cardio Metabolic Institute

Multi-Specialty Group located in Somerset, Monroe Twp, East Brunswick, and Edison, NJ

About 20% of people who visit their primary care doctor for foot pain are diagnosed with an ingrown toenail. Since an ingrown toenail can lead to agonizing discomfort and a severe infection, the podiatry team at Cardio Metabolic Institute in Somerset, Monroe Township, and East Brunswick, New Jersey, provides effective in-office treatments. If you have an ingrown toenail, book an evaluation online today or call your nearest clinic directly.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

Why do ingrown toenails develop?

Ingrown toenails develop gradually over time as your nail starts growing into the sensitive skin surrounding your nail bed. This constant digging irritates your skin and leaves you with an open wound that can quickly become infected. 

Usually, ingrown toenails form because of poor trimming habits, like cutting your toenails too short or rounding out your toenail edges. But your risk of developing ingrown toenails is also elevated due to:

  • Having health conditions, like diabetes, that lead to poor circulation and water retention
  • Wearing shoes, including high heels, with little room in the toe box
  • Having overly damp and sweaty feet
  • Being overweight or obese

If you seem to develop ingrown toenails on a regular basis, it could be due to your genetic nail shape. Overly curved nails — known as “pincer” nails — grow into your nail bed regularly, no matter how diligent you are about properly cutting your nails. 

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

Because ingrown toenails develop so slowly over time, you may not realize there’s an issue right away. You might just see some slight redness next to your nail. As the nail digs into your skin, you may notice or feel:

  • Burning or electrical sensations
  • Stabbing or throbbing pains
  • Oozing pus
  • Bleeding 

If you have a serious infection that’s overcome by bacteria, your foot may become foul smelling, too. But whether your ingrown toenail symptoms are minor or severe, you have plenty of options for treatment at Cardio Metabolic Institute. 

Do I need surgery for an ingrown toenail?

Possibly, although it just depends on the severity of your infection and whether or not you have a history of ingrown toenails. For minor ingrown toenails, your podiatrist at Cardio Metabolic Institute can place a splint underneath your nail to promote proper growth away from your skin. 

If your ingrown toenail is embedded into your skin though, you may need ingrown toenail surgery. This in-office procedure begins with numbing your toe. Your podiatrist trims away and removes the ingrown part of your nail, treats the infection directly, and bandages your toe.

But if ingrown toenails are an ongoing issue because of your inherited nail shape, your podiatrist could recommend removing it. They can even treat the nail’s growth center with a chemical or laser to stop future nail growth, either partially or entirely. 

Get fast and effective relief from an ingrown toenail by booking an evaluation at Cardio Metabolic Institute. Click on the online scheduler or call any office to speak with a team member.