Ingrown Toenail

Premier Podiatry: Velimir Petkov, DPM

Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

An ingrown toenail is nothing to ignore, especially if it seems infected or keeps happening. As a leading foot and ankle expert, Velimir Petkov, DPM of Premier Podiatry in Clifton, New Jersey, provides comprehensive ingrown toenail care. Not only can Dr. Petkov treat your current ingrown toenail right in the office, but he can also help prevent further issues. Before your ingrown toenail condition worsens, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What causes an ingrown toenail?

Your toenail becomes ingrown when it starts digging into the surrounding skin, rather than growing straight out. In some cases, ingrown toenails develop because your toenails are naturally over-curved. Usually though, men and women develop ingrown toenails due to:

  • Rounding out toenail edges
  • Cutting toenails too short
  • Injuring toes
  • Wearing snug-fitting shoes

Because an ingrown toenail can quickly become infected, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms and seek medical intervention if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail.

What are the symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails most commonly cause pain and inflammation in the affected area. You might also notice a red bump where your nail is growing into your skin. As the toenail becomes more and more ingrown, you could experience:

  • Pus or drainage
  • Throbbing or aching
  • Warmth to the touch

Since your toes are the furthest point from your heart and blood flow is so limited — plus your circulatory system is working against gravity — a seemingly minor infection can quickly turn serious. It’s important to book an evaluation at Premier Podiatry right away if you have an ingrown toenail.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

Dr. Petkov performs ingrown toenail treatments and surgeries right in the office at Premier Podiatry. If it’s a minor ingrown toenail, he may simply need to numb your toe, remove the ingrown part of your nail, and treat the underlying infection with a topical medication (if needed).

But if you have a severe case, or a nail that continues to become ingrown, you might need a more permanent solution. Dr. Petkov can remove the portion of your nail that’s ingrown and treat your nail bed with a chemical or laser solution to prevent that part of your nail from growing back.

Sometimes it’s just best to remove your entire nail and treat it to prevent future regrowth, though. No matter which type of ingrown toenail treatment is right for you, rest assured, Dr. Petkov ensures you’re entirely numb and comfortable, so you shouldn’t feel a thing. He even spends time showing you how to properly care for your toenails to minimize your risk of future ingrown toenails.

Schedule your ingrown toenail visit at Premier Podiatry by clicking on the online booking feature. You can also call and speak with a team member directly.