An ingrown toenail is a condition that can bring discomfort, irritation, and possible infection.
At the Gotham Footcare offices located in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, New York, Dr. Miguel Cunha and the team of physicians provide treatment for ingrown toenails.
An ingrown toenail is a common condition typically affecting the great toe, in which the corner or side of the nail becomes incurvated (turned inward) and grows into the skin and soft flesh of the toe.
This results in irritation of the surrounding soft tissue, often causing pain, redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes an infection. At Gotham Footcare, the physicians specialize in the treatment of recurring and severe ingrown toenails and specialize in performing ingrown toenail surgery. Patients can visit locations in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.
Home treatment is strongly discouraged if an infection is suspected.
If you suffer from medical conditions that put your feet at high risk, such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation, make sure to visit Gotham Footcare to ensure the right treatment is provided to you. At Gotham Footcare, your doctor will first examine your toe and select the treatment best suited for you. X-rays of the affected toe will be taken to rule out the presence of gas produced by bacteria that may result in a bone infection that would require intravenous antibiotics and/ or surgery.
If an infection is present, an oral and topical antibiotic will be prescribed. Sometimes a minor surgical procedure may be performed in the office to ease your pain and remove the offending nail. After injecting your toe with a local anesthetic, your doctor will cut out the ingrown portion of the toenail and chemically cauterize the underlying nail matrix (nail root) to prevent that portion of the nail from ever-growing back permanently. Most people experience very little pain after surgery and may resume normal activity the next day.
After your procedure, your foot will be wrapped in a light sterile dressing and you will be given a surgical shoe for comfort.
You will remove the dressing the following day and soak your foot in lukewarm water with Epsom salts for 10-15 minutes twice daily for one week. After soaking and usual bathing, dry the toe thoroughly, apply antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, and then cover your toe with a sterile Band-Aid in the morning only. Do not apply a Band-Aid in the evening, as this will allow your toe to air dry.
Normal shoe gear may be worn as tolerated. Using sneakers or shoes with a larger toe box is recommended to minimize any residual discomfort. Most patients experience mild achiness or no discomfort at all. Aspirin or Tylenol may be used to relieve minor pain. You will follow up with your physician in one week for a quick post-op evaluation.
At Gotham Footcare in NYC, we strive at recognizing your individual needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan with the highest quality care available.
What sets Gotham Footcare apart from other podiatry offices is our dedication to providing you with the education you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your care. Regardless of what your foot and ankle trouble may be, at Gotham Footcare our team will work tirelessly to help you feel better. At Gotham Footcare, we help you put your best foot forward.