Ingrown Toenail

At To Healthy Feet Podiatry, our team of highly qualified NYC foot doctors are able to provide customized treatment plans for ingrown toenails to eliminate possible infection, discomfort, and irritation of the surrounding tissue that is often associated with this condition. Whatever your needs, we tailor your treatment plan to suit your lifestyle and budget.


An ingrown toenail occurs when the sides of the toenail pierce or grow into the soft flesh of the toe. Some of the causes of an ingrown toenail include improper fitting footwear, improper clipping of the nail, or an injury to the nail. 


Pain, swelling, redness, presence of blood or pus, difficulty wearing closed-toed shoes, difficulty walking.

Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of the ingrown nail, the ingrown part of the nail can sometimes be easily clipped off. If the pain is severe or if there is an associated infection, you will need medical attention. Our podiatrists will examine the nail and see if you need a minor ingrown toenail surgery for relief of pain. 

Treatment Option Description (with Duration)

If an ingrown toenail removal surgery is needed, the procedure will be done in the office. The recovery time is usually between 10-14 days. You will need to wear an open-toed boot for the first 2-3 days to keep pressure off of the affected toenail.

Expected Outcome

Whatever the treatment course, our goal is to offer relief of pain and get you back on your feet as usual. It is important to note that sometimes, an ingrown toenail can come back.

Say Hello to Beautiful and Healthy Feet 

At our NYC foot clinic, our team of award-winning foot doctors are able to successfully and quickly treat your ingrown toenail to restore the function and aesthetics to your foot. Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Shoes that are pointy and narrow in the toe region, high heels and shoes that are too tight can all lead to increased pressure on your toes. This can increase your chances of an ingrown toenail. A good rule of thumb is to wear shoes that you can wiggle your toes in.

They should be cut straight across. Cutting them too short and curving the edges can cause the nail to grow into the neighboring skin and become ingrown.

Yes! If possible, try wearing an open-toed shoe to take pressure off of the painful toenail. Soak the toe in warm water with a teaspoon of Epsom salt for pain relief. If you notice any signs of infection, such as warmth, redness, swelling, or pus oozing from the affected area, you should seek medical treatment right away.

It depends on the severity. For mild cases, one might be able to continue daily activities. However, activities causing pressure or potential trauma to the affected toe should be avoided.

If toenails are improperly trimmed during a pedicure, or if tools are not clean, there's an increased risk of ingrown toenails or infections.

While minor surgeries can permanently treat ingrown toenails, it's not always the first option. Podiatrists might suggest other treatments depending on the severity and frequency.

It's a good practice to measure your foot size annually or when there's a noticeable change in your feet due to events like pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations.

Toenails should be cut straight across, not rounded at the corners, and should not be trimmed too short. This prevents the nail from growing into the skin.

While you can wear high heels, it's essential to be cautious. Choose heels with a wider toe box, limit the duration of wear, and monitor for any signs of toenail discomfort.


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