When walking is painful because of an ingrown toenail. you need to find a podiatrist you can trust to provide the most appropriate treatment. At NYC Foot & Ankle Center, these compassionate podiatrists are dedicated to making you feel better. Drs. Herbert Abbott and Diana Valencia comprise a unique team of specialists who treat a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions. Dr. Abbott is Board-Certified in Podiatric Surgery & Medicine by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry and a Fellow of The Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has lectured and hosted surgical workshops nationally and internationally, teaching the latest techniques in minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Valencia is a podiatric surgeon focusing on both surgical and nonsurgical foot care on the upper west side for people with heel pain, bunions, tendon dysfunction, flat foot, ingrown nails, and other podiatric conditions. She treats everyone from infants to senior citizens.
The exceptional foot care on the upper west side includes treatment of a very common problem, ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can cause pain and discomfort. It is very important to recognize this problem early and seek treatment or you run the risk of the condition progressing from a simple to a severe level. Ingrown toenails can result from many causes, including but not limited to injury, infection, improper cutting of the nails, improperly fitting shoes or the inherited shape of the nail. Depending on the cause, duration and severity of the problem, treatments can include soaks, antibiotics or temporary clipping of the ingrown section of the nail. Many times correction is needed to permanently solve this problem. After treatment, patients can wear their own shoes immediately and resume almost all activities.
After treatment, you will start feeling better rather quickly. After a day, the pain should be gone. But if the foot care on the upper west side included antibiotics because the toe was infected, the medicine has to run its course. Recovery should take 2-4 weeks. If you have diabetes, it is advised that you see your podiatrist immediately to prevent further foot complications. Prevention is the best policy indeed. Cut your nails straight across and keep them a moderate length. Wear proper fitting shoes and protective footwear if your job puts your feet or toes at risk. For more tips on preventing and caring for ingrown toenails, give us a call today.