If you have throbbing toe pain and start noticing redness or inflammation on the side of your toe, you could have an ingrown toenail. Since ingrown toenails can easily get infected, make sure you make an appointment to see board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, of Premier Foot & Ankle Center right away. Dr. Gittens offers ingrown toenail treatments and surgeries right in her state-of-the-art Somerset, New Jersey, clinic. Schedule your ingrown toenail evaluation online or over the phone.
Ingrown toenails, medically known as onychocryptosis, generally form because you cut your toenails too short, particularly on the sides. As the toenail grows in, it starts digging into your skin, rather than over it. With each passing day, that nail grows deeper and deeper into your skin.
You might also be prone to frequent ingrown toenails because of your toenail shape. If your toenails are just naturally overly curved, for instance, you may get ingrowns just because of the way your nail grows in. Other times, ingrown toenails occur because of:
If left untreated, ingrown toenails can become incredibly sore and severely infected.
Ingrown toenails are known for being painful. In many cases, it’s common to be unaware that you have an ingrown until you start feeling a stabbing or throbbing pain in your toe. It can feel very tender and sore while walking, standing, or putting on shoes.
Not only can you feel discomfort from ingrown toenails, they generally cause inflammation that you can see, too. Watch for redness, pus, or swelling around your nail. Usually, ingrowns develop on your big toe, although any of your toenails can certainly become ingrown.
Treating an ingrown toenail depends on the severity of your discomfort and whether you have an underlying infection. You may only need to have Dr. Gittens thoroughly clean it and place a small splint underneath to help the nail grow over your skin. If your ingrown nail has severely penetrated your skin, though, Dr. Gittens could recommend a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenail surgery involves cutting and removing your nail border, so the affected tissue can heal. This procedure, known as a matrixectomy or partial nail removal, is also beneficial because it can prevent future ingrowns by stopping the growth of the affected part of your nail. In severe cases, Dr. Gittens could suggest removing the entire nail.
If you have an ingrown toenail, you can get treatment right away at Premier Foot & Ankle Center. Book your evaluation online, or call the office if you need a same-day appointment.