If you have diabetes or another problem that affects your circulation, toenail conditions may increase your risk of infection or gangrene. At NYC Footcare PC, foot and ankle surgeons Paul Drucker, DPM, and Jarret Drucker, DPM, AACFAS, and the team treat various toenail conditions, including toenail fungus and ingrown nails. The practice has multiple offices on the Upper East Side at 60th and 70th Street in New York City, with additional offices in Jamaica, Queens, and Plainview, New York, and a surgical center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Schedule your appointment by calling the nearest office or booking online today.
Toenail conditions is an umbrella term referring to several problems that affect the toenails. Almost everyone experiences toenail issues at some point during their lives. They typically don’t require treatment, but if you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or another condition that affects circulation to your feet, seek professional help.
Symptoms of toenail conditions include:
As the condition worsens, you might also experience difficulty standing up, walking, or doing other routine activities.
At NYC Footcare PC, the team treats several types of toenail conditions, including:
A nail becomes ingrown when it grows into the skin around your nail bed instead of out and away from your toe. Most ingrown nails improve on their own, but if your toe is red, sensitive, or painful, it’s crucial to get treated.
Fungal toenails occur due to a fungal infection. Usually, toenail fungus begins as a small white spot. As the infection spreads, it causes your nails to thicken and crumble. Anyone can experience fungal nails, but they’re prevalent in people with a history of athlete’s foot.
At NYC Footcare PC, the team diagnoses toenail conditions during an in-office visit.
First, your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. Then, they have you remove your shoes and socks and assess the condition of your toenails.
Most toenail problems are visible, but your provider might also take some nail clippings and send them to a laboratory to determine the type of fungal infection you have.
Treatment of toenail conditions depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your daily routine. Depending on your needs, the team might recommend:
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to relieve uncomfortable symptoms, enhance your mobility, and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about the treatment options for toenail conditions, make an appointment at NYC Footcare PC by calling the office or booking online today.