Nail Surgery

 Ingrown Toenail Surgery

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At ProHealth Podiatry, every effort is made to treat painful ingrown toenails non-invasively; however, should conservative treatment fail in the management of ingrown toenails, surgical removal may be recommended.

Main Contributing Factors for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common and often painful condition that affects many people. Improper nail trimming, such as cutting the nails too short or rounding the edges, is one of the primary causes of ingrown toenails. Wearing tight-fitting footwear, especially shoes that put pressure on the toes, is also a significant contributing factor. This pressure can force the nail to grow into the skin, causing ingrowing toenails, pain and discomfort.

Foot injuries can also lead to ingrown toenails. Trauma to the toe can damage the nail bed and cause irregular nail growth, which increases the likelihood of an ingrown toenail. Additionally, genetic factors can make some people more susceptible to the condition due to the shape and structure of their toes and nails.

 Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

Conservative care, such as soaking in saline solution and toe cleaning, can be beneficial in mild cases. However, when the ingrown toenail becomes a recurring problem or chronic ingrown toenail, surgery may be required. All nails and situations are different, some surgical treatment options include partial nail avulsion, nail plate removal, nail root & matrix excision, and matrix & phenolic ablation. This last surgical technique means that the offending part of the nail is removed, and the matrix is destroyed using phenol to prevent the reoccurrence of the nail growth.

Most of these procedures can be done under local anesthesia, and post operative pain is generally manageable. Nail avulsion and other similar procedures your podiatrist may prescribe often have a 90% or higher success rate of curing a painful ingrown toenail. Patients are generally able to continue back to normal activity fairly quickly without time off work.

Aftercare For Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Follow-up care after your ingrown toenail is provided with your podiatrist dressing the nail and sending you home with clear instructions on the protocol and tips on how to keep your toe clean thereafter.

Your podiatrist may also recommend a course of antibiotics to ensure that your recovery is a smooth and easy one.

 Ingrown Toenail Treatment For Children

Ingrown toenails are a common problem for children and can cause discomfort, pain, and infection. Ingrown toenail treatment typically involves non-surgical methods such as soaking the foot in warm water and avoiding tight-fitting shoes.

If non-surgical methods fail, ingrown toenail surgery may be necessary. Treatment treating ingrown toenails may also involve the use of oral antibiotics and local anaesthetic to manage pain and prevent infection. Proper toenail care and hygiene can help prevent ingrown toenails from recurring in children.

Ingrown Toenail Home Treatment Options

Ingrown toenails can be treated at home if caught early. Soaking the affected toe in warm water and gently pushing back the skin can provide relief. Avoid tight-fitting shoes and trim nails straight across to prevent sharp edges. Applying antibiotic ointment can prevent infection.

However, if the toenail is infected or there is chronic pain, a doctor may recommend surgical techniques such as partial nail avulsion or phenol nail surgery. Be sure to discuss medical history, risk factors, and insurance coverage with a doctor. The healing process can take time, but most patients fully recover with proper care.

 Frequently Asked Question

Here are some answers to questions, recurring problems, and concerns patients have presented to us in the past.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing aches and discomfort to the entire toenail. Common causes of ingrown nails include improper nail trimming, wearing tight shoes, and trauma to the toe.

Why Do I Keep Getting Ingrown Toenails?

Recurring of painful ingrown toenails may be caused by genetic factors, a naturally curved nail shape, or ongoing pressure or friction on the big toe. It’s important to address the underlying cause to prevent future occurrences.

Can Ingrown Toenails Become Infected?

Yes, if left untreated, an ingrown toenail can become infected. Signs of an infected ingrown toenail include redness, swelling, and discharge from the affected area. Seeking treatment early on can prevent the infection from spreading.

Can An Ingrown Toenail Cure Itself?

In some cases, an ingrown toenail may resolve on its own. However, it’s important to practice proper nail care and seek medical attention if there are signs of infection or persistent pain.

Should I Go To Gp Or Podiatrist For An Ingrown Toenail?

For an ingrown toenail, a podiatrist is the best healthcare professional to consult. They are specialized in foot care and can provide effective treatments, such as nail removal or partial nail matrix excision.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From An Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

Recovery time from ingrown toenail surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgical procedure. Typically, patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week. It’s important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by the doctor to ensure proper healing.

How Painful Is Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

Ingrown toenail surgery is performed under local anesthesia to minimize pain during the procedure. Patients may experience some discomfort and swelling in the days following the nail surgery procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and proper care.