Ingrown Toenails Specialist

Nippon Medical Office

Medical Center located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Hartsdale, NY

Ingrown toenails, often caused by improper toenail trimming, can lead to seriously painful infections and inflammation. If you’re struggling with an ingrown toenail, schedule an evaluation with James Tachibana, DPM at Nippon Medical Office right away. You can book your appointment at the practice’s offices in Midtown East (Manhattan) or Hartsdale, New York, directly through the website or you can call either clinic to speak with a team member.

Ingrown Toenails Q & A

What causes ingrown toenails?

You might develop ingrown toenails because of your nail shape, which is typically inherited. For instance, if your nails are overly curved, a trait known as pincer nails, as your nails grow, they dig into your skin and cause irritation.

But it’s also possible to suffer from agonizing ingrown toenails because of poor pedicure habits, like:

  • Cutting your nails too short
  • Ripping or tearing your nails
  • Rounding your toenail edges

Sometimes, ingrown toenails are a result of injuries like if you stub your toe or drop something heavy on your toe or if someone steps or lands on your toe.

When should I see a podiatrist for an ingrown toenail?

The concern with ingrown toenails isn’t just pain (although that’s certainly a major issue). Without proper treatment and preventive care, ingrown toenails can become so severe, you wind up with an infection that can spread to your toe bones.

Since ingrown toenail infections can become serious, Dr. Tachibana encourages you to come into Nippon Medical Office at the first sign of an ingrown toenail. They can treat you if you’re experiencing any of the following ingrown toenail symptoms:

  • Oozing
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Warmth to the touch
  • Stabbing or electrical pains

Dr. Tachibana will evaluate your ingrown toenail and talk with you about which treatment path would benefit you the most.

How is an ingrown toenail treated?

At Nippon Medical Office, treating an ingrown toenail usually begins with placing a splint underneath your nail to encourage it to grow up, over, and away from your skin. You might also need a course of antibiotics if you have an infection.

For more severe ingrown toenails, you might need ingrown toenail surgery, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Tachibana will gently trim away the ingrown part of your nail, treat any infection, and bandage your toe.

If needed, Dr. Tachibana can remove your toenail entirely. This step is usually the last resort for serious infections or ongoing ingrown toenail issues. 

No matter which ingrown toenail treatment is right for your needs, Nippon Medical Office providers ensure you have a full recovery.

Click on the online scheduler to book your ingrown toenail evaluation at Nippon Medical Office today. You can also call either office to book your ingrown toenail appointment.