Toenail Procedures in New York, NY

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Toenails are the cause of problems for many people. Ingrown toenails press into the skin on one or both sides of the toe, damaging the skin and potentially causing repeated infections. Torn toenails can similarly damage the skin. These toenail issues– and others– can often be treated by excising the offending portion of the toenail. Other toenail issues might be attributed to other foot, nerve, and toe conditions/growths. Bottom line – if you are in pain or have noticed something that has you worried, it is time to see a podiatrist.


Excision of the portion of the nail causing pain should be removed. The aspect of the nail plate is removed with the preservation of the remaining healthy nail plate. Electrocautery ablation is then used to destroy the exposed nail-forming matrix, creating a new nail fold. When performed correctly, the procedure produces the greatest success in the treatment of ingrown nails. Ingrown toenail is a commonly encountered problem for individuals. Affected nail with progression can experience, drainage, infection, and difficulty walking may occur.

If an ingrown toenail is not treated, it can lead to a serious bone infection. 


  • Improperly trimmed nails
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Poorly fitting footwear
  • Trauma
  • Subungual neoplasms
  • Obesity
  • Excessive external pressure

These alterations to the nail can cause it to improperly fit into the lateral nail groove, producing edema and inflammation of the lateral nail fold.

Three Stages of Ingrown Toenails

  • Stage 1 – Characterized by erythema, slight edema, and pain with pressure to the lateral nail fold
  • Stage 2 – Marked by increased symptoms, drainage, and infection
  • Stage 3 – Ingrown toenails display magnified symptoms, granulation tissue, and lateral nail-fold hypertrophy.

To find out which toenail treatment is right for you – schedule an appointment with our Park Avenue office in New York! And if you aren’t sure what is really going on with your toes – don’t worry. Just select ‘General Consultation’ and you can discuss it privately in person with Dr. Levine during your appointment.

Toenail Procedure FAQs

Can an ingrown toenail fix itself?

In some cases, early or mild ingrown toenails can be corrected with an at-home care regimen, which includes soaking the toe in warm water with Epsom salt several times per day, wearing comfortable shoes, and keeping the toe clean and dry. If these measures do not improve the toe, or if the patient starts to develop worsening symptoms or signs of an infection, professional treatment should be undertaken.

Should I trim my ingrown toenail?

Patients should never cut, trim, or tear an ingrown toenail. Doing so often exacerbates the problem and may lead to further complications.

Will an ingrown toenail come back after treatment?

Dr. Levine utilizes the most advanced techniques and technologies available today to ensure the best possible chance for the permanent correction of an ingrown toenail. By ablating the nail matrix and creating a new lateral nail fold using cautery, the risk of an ingrown toenail regrowth is dramatically minimized.

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