Ingrown Nails Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Ingrown nails occur when the corners or sides of your nail dig painfully into your skin, which often causes an infection. Because ingrown toenails can progress and become seriously painful, Neil Levin, DPM, offers in-office ingrown toenail care at Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois. If you have a tender, throbbing ingrown toenail, don’t hesitate to book an evaluation. Click the online scheduling tool or call the office today.

Ingrown Nails Q & A

Why do I get ingrown nails?

Usually, ingrown toenails develop because of improper nail trimming. For example, if you trim your toenails too short or round out the edges, your nail is more likely to cut into surrounding skin as it grows. 

However, poor pedicure techniques aren’t the only thing to blame. Your ingrown nails may stem from:

  • Abnormal foot structure
  • Previous toe injury
  • Fungal nails 
  • Shoe pressure


You may also be prone to suffering from agonizing ingrown toenails because of your nail shape. If your nails are very curved, for instance, you’re more likely to develop ingrown toenails than someone who has flatter nails. 

What are the symptoms of ingrown nails?

One of the most common complaints ingrown toenail sufferers have is severe, shooting, electric-like pains every time they put pressure on their toes while standing or walking. 

Depending on the severity of your ingrown nail, you could also have:

  • Oozing or bleeding 
  • Tenderness and pain
  • Redness around the nail
  • Swelling in the toe
  • Pus draining from the area


Your big toenail is more likely to become ingrown than the nails on your smaller toes, but it’s certainly possible for any of your nails to become ingrown. 

In any case, if any of these symptoms affect you or you continue to develop ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Levin as soon as possible.

How are ingrown nails treated?

Dr. Levin at Family Podiatry understands how debilitating an ingrown toenail can be, so he offers personalized in-office treatments to help you get fast and effective relief. 

If your nail isn’t infected, Dr. Levin recommends at-home remedies, including soaking your feet, using over-the-counter medications, and applying topical ointments to prevent infection.

He could also recommend an ingrown toenail procedure to correct your nail. For maximum patient comfort, Dr. Levin can thoroughly numb your toe with a small injection. He gently trims away the ingrown portion of your nail, reshapes your nail to prevent further problems, and treats any infection directly. 

In more severe cases, Dr. Levin could recommend removing your toenail entirely. Usually, complete nail removal is only necessary if you have a severe infection or you regularly develop ingrown nails. 

Family Podiatry provides fast and effective ingrown toenail procedures right in the office, so you won’t have to live another day in pain. Book your visit online or by phone today.