ABOUT TOENAIL PROCEDURES
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. Fungus and infections often lead to problems such as thickened nails. 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.
INGROWN TOENAIL REMOVAL
Excision of the lateral nail plate combined with lateral matricectomy is thought to provide the best chance for eradication. The lateral 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 lateral nail fold. Complications of the procedure include regrowth of a nail spicule secondary to incomplete matricectomy and postoperative nail bed infection. When performed correctly, the procedure produces the greatest success in the treatment of ingrown nails. Ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, is a commonly encountered problem for individuals. Affected nail with progression can experience, drainage, infection, and difficulty walking may occur.
INGROWN TOENAIL CAUSES
- Improperly trimmed nails
- Poorly fitting footwear
- Subungual neoplasms
- 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.
"Dr. Levine and staff are absolutely amazing. I had several consultations with other podiatrists, none came close Dr. Levine or Dr. Ryan. Both do meticulous work. I had very painful bunions on both feet, Dr. Levine removed both and I barely have scars (seriously!). Kind, compassionate, and TOP in her field. My sister suffers from the same (painful bunions), and she lives over an hour and half outside NYC but she will ONLY see Dr. Levine for her surgery. I highly recommend 100%!!!"- Deb G / Google / Dec 10, 2020
"Dr. Suzanne Levine and her team are the best! I had a bad infection on my toe that looked dreadful. Dr. Levine treated it with a laser that was gentle, quick, and effective. After two treatments, my toe looked 100% better! I would definitely trust them with any foot issues in the future"- Jeffrey Greenstein / Google / Nov 20, 2020
"Dr. Levine and her team are real top professionals in the field of podiatry. I came here because of a misdiagnosed foot problem. Dr Levine identified the issue immediately. Also the office is state of the art and supper efficient!"- Kim Opiatowski / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"Dr. Levine, Dr. Ryan and the team at Institute Beauté provided the best podiatry services and overall healthcare experience I have ever received. From my initial consultation through both of my foot surgeries and follow-ups, I have had every question answered, every treatment clearly and patiently explained to me and am treated like family during every visit. Dr. Levine is at the top of her field and introduced me to innovative procedures that were able to correct foot problems I formerly thought I would struggle with forever. Correcting my foot pain has changed my life and I could not recommend Dr. Levine and her team highly enough."- Rebecca Schlacter / Google / Nov 17, 2020
"I knew from my consultation with Dr. Ryan that I was in great hands at Dr Levine's practice. He answered all my questions, putting any concerns at ease, educating and assuring me on problems and solutions. We were on the same page when I left the office and I felt confident to book the operations. I was treated for multiple ailments including bunions, flat feet, and crooked toes. Within a month, I can feel the difference in my arch and even the way I walk, not to mention how much better they look. The office is aesthetically glamorous, it gives me great vibes, and the girls at the desk are so sweet and accommodating. This is the place to go if you have any concerns about your feet!"- Brittany Beckett / Google / Nov 17, 2020
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 a ingrown toenail regrowth is dramatically minimized.