Ingrown Toenail Care

An ingrown toenail is a toenail that grows sideways into the nail bed, causing pain and swelling. Ingrown toenails can worsen and cause drainage, turning into a serious infection.


Several factors affect whether a person is at risk from an ingrown toenail. The many causes include being overweight, diabetes, participating in sports, having a fungal infection of the toe, and cutting your nails too short. Ingrown toenails also have a genetic predisposition, causing some people to be more prone to receive the condition than others. Other causes include improperly fitting shoes and shoes that keep the feet damp.


Ingrown toenails can be preventable with certain measures. For starters, allowing your toe nails to grow slightly longer in length will help prevent them from becoming ingrown. If you have already developed an ingrown toenail, soak the affected toe in warm water. This will alleviate the pain and help prevent an infection from forming. Antibiotic soap or Epsom salts may be added to further help the relieving process and avoid infection. Placing cotton beneath the affected area is also suggested, as this may help the toenail grow upwards and not into the nail bed. Swelling and redness can be reduced by resting with your feet elevated.


A podiatrist should be seen if the pain becomes so serious that it prevents you from doing your everyday activities. If a red streak running up your leg appears or if you suspect your infection has spread, contact a podiatrist immediately. Fast treatments can be undertaken to lessen your pain and have you walking comfortably.


An ingrown toenail can be easily treated with a Band-Aid. Simply wrap the affected toe with a Band-Aid to prevent infection and keep the nail from growing out at a painful angle.


In more serious cases, your podiatrist may decide to make a small incision to remove a portion of your toenail. To prevent the nail from growing back, medication will be placed directly into the nail bed. This procedure would be performed under local anesthesia and is a faster method to alleviate discomfort from an ingrown toenail. Post-procedure directions will have you stay off the affected foot for a day. Afterwards, normal activities can be resumed. 

Meet Dr. Resnikoff

Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 

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Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers

Dr. Adam Resnikoff is a highly respected and board certified podiatrist specializing in treating toenail, bunion and hammertoe surgery, corn and callous removal throughout the Murray Hill and Midtown East areas of New York, New York. He is the Medical/Surgical Director and owner of Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers and has been in practice since 1990. Dr. Adam Resnikoff brings 25 years of experience caring for the podiatry needs of patients. 

Dr. Resnikoff attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in Harlem, NY, which was founded in 1911 and was the first Podiatric Medical school established in the United States. He is certified in laser surgery and performs in-office foot surgery using IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist. Resnikoff Podiatry and Foot Surgery Centers also offers digital x-rays on the spot, free consultations, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). Dr. Resnikoff has also been a volunteer at local VA hospitals, has served as a fellow at the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, and has been board certified by the American Podiatric Medical Specialties Board.

Dr. Resnikoff welcomes patients at his offices on 36 East 36th Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill section in New York and 230 East 48th Street in Midtown East. Most insurance plans are accepted.


 


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