How to heal an ingrown toenail

Many people, over the course of their lives, will experience an ingrown toenail, also known as Onychocryptosis. An ingrown toenail is a common condition where there side of the toenail begins to grow into the flesh next to the nail. They are often a recurring issue that can be painful and can often turn into an infection. Ronkonkoma Podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Muroff is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating ingrown toenails. There are many tips and solutions for healing and treating an ingrown toenail, and Dr. Muroff of Ronkonkoma knows the best ways to treat them!

Causes of ingrown toenails include:

-Cutting toenails incorrectly

-Irregular, curved toenails

-Footwear that places pressure on the big toes

-Toenail injury


-Improper foot hygiene

-Genetic predisposition

There are also many activities that can cause ingrown toenails because of repetitive pressure to the feet along the nail for a long period of time. Dr. Muroff has seen the most common sports injuries varying from participation in ballet, football, kickboxing, soccer, basketball, golf, lacrosse, and tennis to name a few. Ingrown toenails can be painful, swollen, hard, red, and bleed according to Dr. Muroff the Ronkonkoma Podiatrist.

Luckily, ingrown toenails are very treatable. If the nail has pierced the skin it is important to seek medical attention, but if it is not to that point yet, often ingrown toenails can be treated at home. Here are some ways the Ronkonkoma Podiatrist suggests to treat an ingrown toenail at home:

-Warm foot soaks

-Keeping feet dry (except when soaking)

-Taking over the counter pain relieving medication

-Gently pulling skin away from the nail

-Stuffing clean cotton between nail and skin

-Rubbing toe with antibiotic ointment

-Cover the toe with a bandage

-Choose shoes that are easy on the toes

-Inspect toes carefully for infection

Or giving us a call to take care of it for you

Dr. Muroff recommends seeing a podiatrist if the nail appears to become infected, or if the nail has pierced the skin, in order to avoid further pain. If you have any questions or concerns please schedule an appointment at 631-588-0888 or visit our website

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