Ingrown Toenail Specialist

Ingrown toenails are more than just painful - they can also cause serious infection. Dr. Glass provides simple, straightforward care for ingrown toenails so his patients in Midtown Manhattan, New York, can get relief quickly.

Ingrown Toenail Q & A

by Andrew R. Glass, DPM

What is an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are nails that grow into the skin instead of on top of it. While they can occur on any toe, they most frequently occur on the big toe. Ingrown toenails are typically very painful, with pain increasing when wearing shoes, walking, or otherwise placing pressure on the foot and the toes.

What causes ingrown toenails?

One of the most common causes of ingrown toenails is improper nail trimming. Toenails should always be cut straight across and not curved to the shape of the toe to prevent the edges of the nail from burrowing into the skin. Other common causes include wearing shoes that don't fit correctly, especially those that fit very tightly around the toe area. Men and women with thick nails or nails that tend to curve inward are also at an increased risk of developing ingrown toenails. Over time, the area around the nail can become infected if not treated. People with diabetes or other diseases of the circulatory system, as well as people who experience numb feet, need to be especially careful with ingrown toenails since they can become infected without the person being aware of it. In these people, severe, advanced infection can spread to the rest of the toe, requiring amputation.

How are ingrown toenails treated?

If the treatment is not severe, properly grooming the affected toenail can reverse the condition. The most common form of medical treatment for moderate to severe ingrown toenails involves injecting a numbing anesthetic into the toe and then removing the portion of the nail that has become ingrown. Once the nail portion is removed, a special chemical is applied to prevent the ingrown portion from regrowing. The procedure requires no incisions or stitches, and patients typically continue to wear their normal shoes as the area heals. When infection is present, Dr. Glass will prescribe antibiotics to prevent it from spreading.

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At New York Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C., we accept most insurance plans as full or partial payment. Patients are responsible for deductibles and coinsurances. Please contact our office if your insurance plan is not listed.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • "Dr.Glass knew what he was talking about; and was willing to listen; answer questions and explain procedures. Not every Doctor will do that."

    Nina H.
  • " I returned to him recently for treatment again because my toes were jammed as a result of running the NYC marathon this year. Again, I found him to be excellent..."

    Sovanni B.
  • "Dr. Glass and staff are awesome. He took the time to show me my sons X-rays and explained every detail. Highly recommended."

    Tashana M.
  • 'Dr. Glass was very thorough in his examination of both my feet and the explanation of the surgical procedures he would use to correct my problems."

    Karen G.
  • "The pain I had for so many years is gone just after a few weeks of recovery from surgery. I would recommend anyone who is experiencing foot pain to schedule."

    Inez
  • "The experience in Dr. Glass's office is unmatched. . These guys are superb.. had a free cab to send me back home after surgery. . I'm just so grateful I found him."

    Anonymous
Location
NY Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C.
315 Madison Ave, #2301
Midtown Manhattan

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 646-844-2275
Fax: (212) 867-3845
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