How We Treat Ingrown Toenails
You might not believe this, but ingrown toenails are one of the most satisfying conditions for us to treat. It’s always great to see the relief come so quickly and easily to our patients’ faces!
In the basic procedure, we simply numb your toe with a local anesthetic, remove the painful and ingrown nail border, and then bandage you up. We’ll also provide you with a dressing kit and instructions on how to use it.
And that’s pretty much it!
The pain relief is instant (or very nearly so).
There’s also a second procedure we can perform called a matrixectomy. Here, we also remove part of the nail matrix so that the ingrown edge of the toenail cannot grow back. (In other words, your nail will permanently be narrower than it used to be.)
Normally we don’t perform the matrixectomy if this is your first experience with an ingrown toenail, but it is an option that we especially recommend for patients with recurring cases.
What’s the Prognosis?
Again, the pain relief after the procedure is typically instantaneous.
Even better, most patients can walk, drive, go to work, and accomplish their basic daily tasks right away—no downtime. You may have to wait a couple of weeks before swimming or engaging in some more rigorous athletic endeavors, but lifestyle disruption is typically very minimal.
We’ll see you again for a two-week follow up appointment, and let you know if you have the all-clear for a return to full activity.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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