Starrett Podiatry -  - Podiatrist

Starrett Podiatry

Podiatrists located in East Harlem, New York, NY

Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Ingrown toenails can be more than just painful; when left untreated, they can cause infection and serious complications. If you have an ingrown toenail causing soreness and making it difficult to do the things you usually do, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. The podiatrists at Starrett Podiatry diagnose and treat ingrown toenails in six New York offices for your convenience located in East Harlem and West Harlem in New York City; Flushing, New York; Brooklyn, New York; and Mott Haven and Belmont in Bronx, New York.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails curve and grow right into the flesh around the nail, usually at the edge or corner of the nail. That can create an open sore on the skin, redness, pain, inflammation, and swelling. When the skin breaks, ingrown toenails can also lead to infection, requiring medical treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail?

The symptoms you experience might change as the ingrown toenail worsens. Initially, you’ll experience redness, swelling, and pain.

Later, you might notice that extra tissue begins to grow around the nail and some yellowish drainage is present. Eventually, you can develop an infection characterized by fever, swelling, drainage, and redness.

Can ingrown toenails be treated at home?

If you have diabetes, drainage or foul odor, or severe pain, contact a podiatrist right away. Furthermore, if you try home treatment and don’t see results within a week, it’s time to see a doctor.

However, if you're otherwise healthy and your ingrown toenail merely causes minor discomfort and not showing any signs of infection, soaking your foot in warm water with Epsom salt mixed in and gently massaging the sore tissue while soaking. Avoid cutting the nail as this can create a sharper edge and result in further pain and complications.

What complications can occur from ingrown toenails?

The most significant concern with ingrown toenails is infection; when severe, an infection can infect your bloodstream, or cause an abscess that requires surgical treatment. Diabetics are at very high risk of complications from ingrown toenails.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

Podiatrists provide many treatment options for an ingrown toenail, including cutting the nail down the middle to change the way it grows, applying a splint to protect the skin, draining an abscess if one exists, and surgically removing the ingrown nail.

What kind of doctor treats ingrown toenail?

Podiatrists specialize in treating both common and complex diseases and problems impacting your feet. For expert treatment of ingrown toenails, contact the experienced team at Starrett Podiatry in six locations in New York.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Starrett Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Affinity Health Plan
Amida Care
Cigna
Elderplan
EmblemHealth
Empire Plan
Fidelis
GHI
Healthcare Partners
HealthFirst
HealthNet
HIP
Humana
MagnaCare
Medicare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "From beginning to end Starrett Podiatry showed nothing but professionalism and expert knowledge in their field."

    Ernesto A.
  • Yelp

    "My first time in the office was great. They are very professional and caring. I would recommend this place to anyone with foot issues."

    Yummy L.
  • Yelp

    "The surgeons had great bedside manner and explained everything that was going on with my foot. I found the staff easy to work with."

    Michael R.
  • "They provided me knowledge on my diagnosis and also with the necessary tools for a speedy recovery."

    Georgie D.
  • Yelp

    "The foot consultation I received was thorough and explained in a way I could understand. I am now pain free and thankful to have a podiatrist nearby I can trust."

    Patrick L.
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