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.
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