Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Ingrown Toenail - Suffolk Foot and Ankle

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Ingrown Toenail

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails occur when the corner or side of the nail grows into the soft flesh. Symptoms may include redness, pain, swelling, and in rare cases, infection. If your ingrown toenail pain is severe or spreading to other places, you may need to see a podiatrist. Your doctor will help give you treatment in order to alleviate the pain you are suffering. People with diabetes and other medical conditions may be at a greater risk of having complications due to ingrown toenails. In order to prevent ingrown toenails, you should always cut your nails straight across instead of in a rounded shape. Another tip is to wear protective footwear such as steel toed shoes. Checking your feet on a daily basis may be helpful in catching an ingrown toenail in its early stage, before it starts to substantially worsen.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, and Medford, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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