Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Ankur Dharia, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankur Dharia, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Hillsborough Township, NJ

For such a seemingly small problem, an ingrown toenail can hijack your overall wellness as the slightest touch becomes an unbearably painful affair. For quick, easy treatment of your ingrown toenail, trust the providers at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, led by Ankur Dharia, DPM. To find the proper treatment for your ingrown toenail, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, as the name implies, is a toenail that grows into your flesh, rather than up and over it. Ingrown toenails typically affect your big toes, but they can develop in any toe. 

As your nail continues to grow into your flesh, it can cause inflammation and considerable pain as the nerves in the area react to the intrusion. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can also cause an infection, which becomes a far more serious issue.

What causes ingrown toenails?

There are many factors that contribute to an ingrown toenail, including:

  • Overly curved nails
  • Trimming your toenails too short
  • Trauma to your toe, such as stubbing it
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight around the toes

No matter how you developed your ingrown toenail, prompt treatment at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute brings you much-needed relief.

How are ingrown toenails remedied?

When you come in, Dr. Dharia first looks at your toe to determine the extent of the problem in order to come up with the best treatment plan. Depending upon your situation, he may recommend:

  • Lifting your toenail and securing it so it grows out properly
  • Removing the piece of nail
  • Removing the problematic nail bed

Rest assured, Dr. Dharia makes sure you’re comfortable and uses a local anesthetic before he performs the work. If you suffer from repeated ingrown toenails in the same toe, the final option may be your best bet in remedying the problem once and for all. By removing the nail bed underneath the area where your nail continually grows into your flesh, Dr. Dharia prevents the problem from recurring down the road.

If you have diabetes, it’s especially important that you seek medical help for your ingrown toenail at Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute. Any problem that can potentially lead to an infection in your feet is cause for serious concern and requires professional oversight. At all costs, don’t attempt to resolve the ingrown toenail on your own as you may cause more harm than good.

To get relief from your ingrown toenail, call Jersey Foot & Ankle Institute or schedule an appointment online.