The concern with an ingrown toenail is that because circulation is limited in your toes, a minor wound can become seriously infected since tissues can’t get the nutrients they need to heal. But you can get fast and effective ingrown toenail treatments right in the office at Errol Gindi, D.P.M., in Valley Stream, New York. Book your ingrown toenail exam online or call the office directly to schedule an appointment.

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What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when your nail starts growing into the delicate skin that surrounds your nail. While this painful condition most commonly affects your big toes, you can certainly develop an ingrown toenail on any of your toes.

You may be prone to suffering from ingrown toenails because of your inherited overly curved nail shape. If your nail is too curved, it can easily grow into your skin — rather than over it — with each passing day. Other times, an ingrown toenail forms because of:

  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Stubbing or injuring your toe
  • Rounding out your nail edges

It’s also possible that your footwear causes ingrown toenails. If your shoes are too tight and have little room in the toe box, your nail can certainly become ingrown.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

At the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M., you can get the essential ingrown toenail treatment you need. Your ingrown toenail treatment depends on the severity of your condition and whether or not you have an infection present. Dr. Gindi may recommend:

  • Laser surgery
  • Oral antibiotic medications
  • Placing a splint under the nail
  • Removing the ingrown portion of the nail

For severe or recurring ingrown toenails, Dr. Gindi could suggest removing the entire nail (you’re thoroughly numb during this process). He can treat the growth center of your nail, so part or all of it doesn’t grow back. Ingrown toenail treatment is especially important if you’re diabetic since you’re prone to severe foot wounds and serious infections.

Can I prevent ingrown toenails?

In many cases, yes! Once Dr. Gindi treats your current ingrown toenail, he spends time counseling you on how to prevent future issues. You can prevent an ingrown toenail by:

  • Wearing roomier shoes
  • Wearing socks with shoes
  • Cutting your toenails straight across

It’s also important to avoid cutting your toenails any shorter than the edge of your toes. Dr. Gindi can show you how to properly cut your nails and how to detect early warning signs of an ingrown toenail.

Get relief from an ingrown toenail by booking an exam at the office of Errol Gindi, D.P.M., today. Click on the online booking feature or call the clinic directly.