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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Mis-Treatments for 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

Mis-Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

If you’ve had an ingrown toenail before, chances are you won’t soon forget the symptoms. You were probably in quite a bit of pain and your toe was most likely swollen, red and very tender to the touch. Unfortunately, at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we often see patients who suffer additional pain and injury because they try to “fix” an ingrown toenail on their own.

Avoid False Remedies

For some reason, many odd and dangerous remedies for ingrown toenails exist, including:

  • Cutting a notch out of a toenail that has the tendency to become ingrown—a “bathroom surgery” that nearly always ends in serious injury
  • Constantly trimming the edge of the nail--which actually increases the likelihood of an ingrown toenail
  • Sticking a piece of cotton under the nail—a fast track to an infection

There are also over-the-counter treatments for ingrown toenails, but these usually just mask the symptoms and don’t take care of the problem

Getting Real Relief

The best treatment for an ingrown toenail comes from our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel. At the first sign of an ingrown toenail, contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment. The foot doctor will examine your toenail and determine the correct treatment. Many times, patients put off seeking treatment because they are afraid of how badly it will hurt. Ironically, the pain you endure before you come in is almost always worse than the treatment. A minor surgical procedure done in office after numbing your toe can remove part or all of the nail and bring immediate relief.
Another important reason not to wait to get medical care is infection. As the nail grows and actually breaks the skin, it opens the path for bacteria to enter the toe and an infection to develop. Pus or other drainage and a foul smell are signs that an infection may be present. If this is the case, the foot doctor will prescribe an antibiotic.
It’s particularly important that diabetic patients do not allow a toe to get to this stage. Regular, professional nail care is essential for these patients.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort around one of your toenails, call us at: 732-566-2841

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Mis-Treatments for 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