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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
November 16, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

Foot problems can disrupt our routine, health, and lifestyle. Among the many types of foot-related issues seen by a podiatrist, the most commonly encountered are ingrown toenails. This painful toenail problem occurs when the nail’s side or sharp edge pushes and grows onto the soft skin tissue around the toe. When the nail cuts or punctures the skin fold, the area can become red, swollen, painful, and infected. Bacteria can also enter the wound, which can be problematic, especially if a person has diabetes or poor circulation in the foot. Ingrown toenails can be hereditary or due to ill-fitting shoes, trauma to the toe, and improper cutting techniques of the toenail. You are likely to spot an ingrown toenail on the big toe; however, it can develop on any toe.

The best way to avoiding this painful condition is to take some proactive steps. Your podiatrist can help you catch these problems before they worsen.

Two tips to help you avoid ingrown toenails are as follows:

  1. Proper trimming of toenails— Poor toenail cutting techniques often cause ingrown toenails. Make sure to cut the nails straight across and never too short. If you cannot trim your nails safely, let your foot doctor do it for you to avoid any accidents or injuries. It is particularly important for patients who have diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.
  2. The right footwear— The wrong shoes can cause undue stress and pressure upon the foot. Make sure they fit you properly and are not too tight. The extra force can push your toes together and cause an ingrown toenail. Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. High-heeled shoes and pointy cowboy boots can cause the toes to be squeezed together and add pressure on the sides of toenails. Try to limit their use or save them for special occasions to avoid the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

These correct and timely measures can help avert severe complications of the foot and ankle. See your podiatrist for the best care, diagnosis, and treatment.

If you notice any early symptoms of ingrown toenails or have any concerns about your foot health, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule a consultation. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or  Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403. We look forward to serving you.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
August 24, 2020
Category: toenail conditions

An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of the nail grows into the toe’s soft skin instead of over it. It commonly affects the big toe. The condition can cause considerable pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes infection around the toe area if left untreated. It's a common complaint among the patients (both men and women) we see here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry.

What are the common causes of ingrown toenails, and how can they be prevented?

  • Ill-fitting shoes:

Shoes that are restrictive and too tight can push the toes together and force the nail to grow into the skin leading to ingrown toenails. Wear shoes with wide toe boxes to allow your toes to rest flat and provide them with enough room to wiggle. If the toe box is too small or narrow, it can force your toes into a cramped position and make you fall prey to ingrown toenails.

  • Improper toenail trimming:

Perhaps one of the most common reasons for getting an ingrown nail is when you cut your nails too short. This can encourage the nail to penetrate the skin as it is growing back. Use a clipper and be sure to cut straight across.

  • Foot Injuries:

Stubbing your toe against hard surfaces or repeated activity like kicking a soccer ball can sometimes cause an ingrown toenail to develop. Make sure you have the right gear and activity-specific shoes to keep you safe.

In some cases, it may be safe to treat an ingrown toenail at home by using over the counter medications to reduce pain and inflammation as directed by your foot doctor.  However, patients with diabetes should not ignore the symptoms and should report any pain or irritation around the toenail to their podiatrists immediately.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail or are unsure about your foot condition, we suggest you visit our patient education library or schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, we treat a wide variety of conditions such as sports injuries, arthritis, toe deformities, nail fungus, flat feet, heel pain, bunions, and hammertoes. Visit or contact our two offices at Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.