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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 30, 2019
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

An ingrown toenail is a condition that cannot go unnoticed. If you experience pain, redness or swelling along the side of your toenails, consider it a red flag and attend to it immediately before it starts to bleed or gets infected with pus.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

There are many different factors that can lead to ingrown toenails. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Improper Trim- Improper cutting of the nails is perhaps the most common cause of ingrown toenails. Avoid cutting your nails in a curved line, unevenly, or too short.  One can significantly reduce the chances of ingrown toenails by getting a proper trim which is to cut them straight across.
  • Trauma to the toe- At times, dropping heavy objects on your toes, stubbing or participating in high-impact sporting activities can result in ingrown toenails.
  • Genetic tendencies- Many people have an inherited tendency to develop ingrown toenails. If it runs in the family, you are most likely to get them.
  • Ill-fitting footwear- Wearing tight shoes with narrow toe boxes can squeeze or crowd the toes and toenails. The severe stress on your toenails can increase the chances of an ingrown toenail.
  • Poor foot hygiene- In many people, ingrown toenails form as a result of having poor foot hygiene. If you do not keep your feet clean and dry, fungal infections can easily creep onto the toes and feet. A fungal infection increases your chances of developing an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can develop and get out of hand rather quickly. To prevent the pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist for proper treatment. Proper care and timely treatment can help prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one.

If you have an ingrown toenail, do not ignore it but, instead, end your needless suffering by coming to Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our highly-experienced and board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help determine the exact cause and devise the best possible treatment plan for your ingrown toenails. Learn more about types of foot problems, foot care guidelines, and treatment plans by browsing through our extensive library. If you have any question, contact us on the above-listed numbers to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
November 27, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

Many people face a common problem of ingrown toenails where the edges of the nail start to grow and cut through the soft skin tissue of the toe. This can cause severe pain, swelling, redness, discomfort, and infection around your toe. In more serious cases, it can progress to an open sore, inviting fungal and other bacterial infections. A prolonged infection can have serious ramifications especially if you have diabetes, circulation problems or have an impaired immune system.

Here are some of the best ways to help prevent ingrown toenails:

Avoid trimming your toenails too short— The easiest way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim your nails straight across and not curved. Proper grooming and nail care can go a long in preventing this condition.

Wear proper footwear—Poor footwear can set up an ideal environment for painful ingrown toenails to develop. Wear well-fitted shoes to avoid crowding and overlapping of your toes. This can help reduce undue stress on your feet.

Avoid trauma One of the main reasons you may experience this condition is injury or trauma to the toe area. This is a very common occurrence in sports, vigorous-intensity activities, and especially running.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or recurring in nature, it is best to get it examined by a qualified doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM we provide high quality and advanced diagnostic tools to help treat a range of foot and ankle conditions. Whether you have hammertoes, bunions, sports injury or toe deformities, our dedicated and qualified podiatrists Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto can help! For more information on ingrown toenails and foot health, call us at our two office locations in Brooklyn, New York.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 18, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) is a common nail impairment where the sides of the toenail cut into the soft skin tissue of your toe. The growing nail causes the skin to break creating a wound which bacteria can enter, making it susceptible to infections. This can cause severe pain, irritation, inflammation and redness. Ingrown toenails primarily affect the big toe but they can also be found on other toes.

You can very easily treat ingrown toenails at home, unless you have diabetes, which requires that you go see a doctor or foot care specialist immediately. Here are some tips to treat ingrown toenails at home:

  1. Immerse your feet in warm water. This is a common practice when treating ingrown toenails. Fill a bucket with warm water and soak your feet for roughly 15-20 minutes. Do this routine 3-4 times a day. This helps to reduce the swelling and relieves tenderness. Make sure to dry your feet properly.
  2. Apply antibiotic ointment. Rub an antibiotic ointment on the affected toenail and properly wrap it in a bandage.
  3. Use a Q-tip or dental floss. Gently pull away the affected nail from the reddened skin by sliding a Q-tip or dental floss under it.
  4. Trim your toenails. Try to trim the growing toenails, if you can.

Remember, these tips are only to relieve pain. Proper treatment from a qualified podiatrist should be sought.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or getting out of hand, it is important that you get it checked out by a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we treat a range of foot and ankle conditions such as hammertoes, fungal infections, skin problems, arthritis, and heel spurs. You can call our podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto located in Brooklyn, New York. Let us provide the best care and treatment you need for your foot problem. Schedule an appointment today by calling (718) 624-7537.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
July 19, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: psoriasis   podiatrist   fungus   foot   pain   sports  

One of the worst feelings in the world is when you are peeling off a pair of socks and one of your toenails comes along with it. A toenail that detaches from the nail bed is a common occurrence. Typically, it happens because of an underlying condition or trauma. In less typical situations, chemicals, illness and medications can also cause the nail to become detached. If you lose a toenail, it is important to take the proper precautions while it heals and grows back. It is also important to figure out why it detached in the first place.

First Things First

After your toenail falls off you may be in a bit of a panic. What should I do with my newly-bare nail bed? Here are some tips on how to react before your appointment with your podiatrist:

  • If only part of your toenail has fallen off, don’t try to remove the rest of it – let it be.
  • If part of the detached nail is still barely hanging onto your toe and the rest of the attached part of the nail, get out a pair of sterile nail clippers. Carefully trim off the hanging piece so it does not catch and make the nail worse. If you are uncomfortable doing this, wait to see your podiatrist.
  • Smooth out any jagged edges with a nail file.
  • Clean your toe so there is no debris.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to the site where the toenails fell off.
  • Cover the area with a bandage.
  • If your toenail has fallen off and will not stop bleeding, seek immediate medical care.

Why Did It Fall Off?

Injury

One reason your toenail could have fallen off is because of an injury. Car accidents, blunt force trauma, and sports can all damage your toenails.

If you received an injury to the foot and notice that your toenail is black or purple underneath, it could indicate that the nail will fall off. This discoloring is often due to the buildup of blood underneath the nail from an injury. Over time, as pressure increases, the nail may separate from the bed and fall off. If this nail is causing you pain, you should see a podiatrist immediately so that they can relieve the buildup of blood inside the nail.

Fungus

Fungus can grow underneath the toenail. This can cause separation of the nail from the bed. Over time, as it progresses, the nail can fall off. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to treat the fungus before it progresses too far. A podiatrist can help prescribe the right antibiotic to kill the fungus before it leaves you with one fewer toenail.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis can also cause you to lose a toenail. This is because, as the skin cells on the nail bed build up, they cause the nail to detach and eventually it will fall off. If you have symptoms such as pitting, thickening, or discoloration of the toenail, then you may have psoriasis. A foot doctor can determine whether or not you are suffering from this condition.

Losing a toenail is never fun, but a podiatrist can help you heal from the incident. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help you treat your detached toenail. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.