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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Dealing with Ingrown Toenails | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Dealing with Ingrown Toenails

A common reason patients come to Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care is for treatment of an ingrown toenail. An ingrown nail is one that curves and starts to grow into the skin. As the nail embeds itself into the skin, it causes pain. The skin around the nail becomes red and swollen and the whole area begins to feel warm. What’s worse is that if the nail actually breaks the skin, bacteria can enter and an infection can develop in the toe.


Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails have a number of different possible causes, including:

  •  Improper nail trimming: This is the most common cause of ingrown toenails. Cutting nails too short makes it more likely that the skin next to the nail will start to fold over it, encouraging the nail to grow in.
  • Genetics: For many people the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited.
  • Trauma: An injury to the toe, such as having a heavy object fall on it or a bad stubbing can cause a toenail to become ingrown. Repetitive activities that put pressure on the toes like running or kicking can also be to blame.
  •  Improperly sized footwear: Ingrown toenails can be caused by wearing socks that are too tight or shoes that are not roomy enough in the toe box
  • Nail conditions: Fungal infections or other nail problems can also result in ingrown nails.



If you are in good health and there is no infection present, you can try soaking your foot to soften the skin and massaging the affected area of the toe to loosen the nail that is becoming ingrown. Avoid “bathroom surgery,” however. Cutting your nail, trying to shove cotton under it and other so-called remedies can lead to bigger problems. If your ingrown nail does not respond to soaking, it’s time to come into our Aberdeen office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will be able to properly assess the condition of your nail and provide appropriate treatment. If an infection has developed, antibiotics may be prescribed. For stubborn ingrown nails a minor surgical procedure can be performed in office which will remove part or all of the nail. If you have questions about your toenails, contact us by phone or email to set up a consultation.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Dealing with Ingrown Toenails, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen