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Surgery for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are often relatively harmless and heal on their own. Conservative treatment methods such as wearing roomier shoes and soaking the feet in warm water is usually enough to relieve pain and heal the nail. However, some ingrown toenails can be severe, become infected, or can frequently recur. In these cases, surgery may be suggested. Acute inflammation or infection may be treated by surgically removing a small portion of the ingrown nail. In very severe cases, where the toenail has become very deformed or severely infected, the entire nail may need to be removed. If you are prone to ingrown toenails, or have an ingrown nail that you suspect is infected, please consult with a podiatrist to find the right treatment for you. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Mark Hupart, DPM of Southside Podiatry . Our doctor 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 our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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