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About 20% of all visits to doctor for foot complaints involve ingrown toenails. This is called Onychocryptosis. As the toenails grows into the foot, this condition can be very painful. The most common reason for ingrown nails is poor fitting footwear. Dr. Aakruti Bhalja is an expert in treating ingrown toenails. If you have ingrown nails, Dr Bhalja will a physical examination, and review the surgical and non-surgical options to reduce pain and deformity. She will also discuss recovery time, return to work and activity.

Dr. Bhalja is highly reviewed Ingrown Toenail Surgical Specialist in Manhattan


“As a runner I faced a lof of heel & foot pain. Dr. Bhalja put an end to my suffering. She is the best.”


“Dr. Bhalja is thorough and careful, and she has a wonderful “chair side” manner.”

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In this condition, a corner of the toenail grows into the flesh of the toe. Most common site is the big toe. Pain, swelling, and redness are possible. There are many reasons for ingrown toenails. Sometimes its congenital when the toenail is too large for the toe. Most common causes however are shoes that are too tight, or poor trimming techniques. Some conservative treatments include wearing sandals to reduce the pressure on the toenail and soaking the toe in warm water. Because ingrown toenails can irritate the skin, bacteria can enter and cause and infection. Some signs of infection include pus, redness, swelling and severe pain, and sometimes fever. If you are suspecting an infection, please see a doctor immediately.


  • Bumpy growths on the soles of feet
  • Circular flat spot with a depressed middle
  • Yellow with a crust or a black spot in the middle
  • Pain in the sole with standing or walking
ingrown toenail surgery


This is an outpatient procedure done in the office. The doctor will numb the area with a local anesthetic. If a patient is very anxious, sometimes twilight anesthesia can be provided through the IV. Many surgical treatment approaches are possible:
  • Toenail Removal (entire toenail is removed)
  • Wedge Resection (part of the toenail is removed)
  • Matrixectomy (if nail removal and wedge resection fail, it may be necessary to remove the nail bed in addition to the nail)
  • Tip of the Toe Surgery (remove and reshape soft tissue at the tip of the toe)
A consultation with your surgeon is required to figure out what procedure is appropriate for your diagnosis.


It may take several weeks for the wound to heal. Pain will gradually decrease as the wound heals. For the nail to regrow back it may take several months.

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds (NSAID) will reduce pain and swelling after surgery!!!

Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University
Doctorate Degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine
Member of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Bhalja, our expert foot surgeon, will evaluate your foot and will provide you a definitive diagnosis and treatment options.


The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self-diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.

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