Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Caring Podiatry

Podiatrists & Board Certified Podiatric Physicians located in Monroe Township, NJ & Neptune, NJ

If your ingrown toenail keeps returning to haunt you, Caring Podiatry in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey, has a specialized solution that can help end the vicious cycle of ingrown nail regrowth. Reach out to either office location by phone or through the online scheduling tool to let them show you how you can end your pain for good.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenail is a nail, usually on your big toe, that grows in an arc to get buried under the soft flesh at the corners of your toe. An ingrown toenail can be quite painful and could even make it impossible to wear socks and shoes comfortably. If ingrown toenails aren't treated, they can cause infection that may spread beyond your toes. 

Why do I have an ingrown toenail?

There are many possible reasons for an ingrown toenail, including: 

  • Lack of nail care or improper nail care
  • Trauma to your toes
  • Footwear that compresses your toes
  • Heredity

Regardless of the reason for your ingrown toenail, you can get the treatment you need at Caring Podiatry. 

How does the podiatrist treat an ingrown toenail?

If you have a recurring ingrown toenail, your Caring Podiatry provider may recommend a nail matricectomy. In this procedure, your podiatrist uses a constricting band to reduce blood flow to the toe temporarily. Then, they lift the ingrown part of your nail and precisely cut that entire portion of your nail out, from tip to root. 

Your podiatrist applies a special chemical to the nail matrix (the base of your toenail). This chemical solution causes scarring that prevents nail regrowth in that particular area. A nail matricectomy leaves you with a somewhat narrowed toenail overall, but it isn’t obvious at all. 

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail? 

The Caring Podiatry team can recommend some preventive measures, such as:

  • Cutting your toenail short and straight across
  • Avoiding shoes that compress your toes (anything with a tight toe box)
  • Epsom salt bath if your toenail starts growing into your skin
  • Not pulling or ripping your nails

It's also important to remember that do-it-yourself foot surgery doesn't end well. It might seem simple to use toenail clippers to cut out the part of the nail buried under your skin when you see an ingrown nail developing. But, this actually requires a lot of precision and specialized surgical tools. 

If you try to cut out an ingrown toenail yourself, you have an extremely high risk of complicating the problem and causing infection, serious skin wounds, and other problems. 

Let the Caring Podiatry team show you how to permanently stop your ingrown toenail from coming back. Call the office nearest you, or click online booking today. 

Notes: Ingrown toenails can happen. At Caring Podiatry lets us show you how we can permanently stop the ingrown nail from coming back