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Do you have a painful, dreadful looking toe like this? Ouch! If you are fed up with the pus and pain come in and get your nail treated, no-one needs to put up with it, at any age.
Whilst offering on the spot relief for ingrown toenails, Darwin Podiatry also performs nail surgeries that permanently stop the nail from growing in again. Performed routinely in our clinics this small procedure provides a long term cure for this painful foot problem.
Exactly what is an ingrown toenail?
However, it can appear anywhere on the nail but is most frequent on the big toe. Ingrown toenails may be caused by trauma, trimming the toenail too short, or tight-fitting shoes. Symptoms include discomfort, redness, discharge in the affected area, and the development of an infection in more severe cases. Topical antibiotic ointment and Epsom salt baths are effective at home. If the discomfort persists or there are signs of infection, patients should consult a podiatrist for removal.
Based on your symptoms and a physical examination of the nail and the surrounding skin, a doctor can determine what type of ingrown toenail treatment you need.
- Your doctor may recommend toenail surgery if home therapies have failed.
- It’s time to get it out. Your doctor may use cotton, dental floss, or a splint to support and ingrown mildly infected nails. It helps the nail grow above its edge by separating it from the underlying skin.
- Remove the nail and tissue. You may need to have a part of the nail and the underlying tissue removed by your doctor if you’ve had this problem on the same toe for a while (nail bed).
- If the toe is sick or in danger of becoming infected, your doctor may consider using topical or oral antibiotics.
Is it possible to remove an ingrown toenail?
A local anesthetic is used to perform ingrown toenail surgery in the office setting. A local anesthetic, such as Novocain, is injected into the toe with two shots. The ingrown toenail is clipped using a specific clipper for ingrown toenails after it is numb. The offending nail border is then removed with little forceps. This procedure does not remove the entire toenail, but only the area penetrated. The nail bed is cauterized and prevented from recurring with a dilute acid called Phenol. Following the surgery, an antibiotic ointment and a soft dressing are applied to the toe.
Recovery Time After Surgery for an Ingrown Toenail?
After having an ingrown toenail removed, patients are advised to stay at home and off their feet for the rest of the day to avoid complications. It’s not required to use crutches. Less fluid drains, and oedema develops when the foot is lifted to a higher position. After the ingrown toenail operation, it is possible to remove the bandage. The next night and bathing can resume normal. If you have had surgery and are experiencing oedema and redness for the first few days, try soaking in warm Epsom salt water for five minutes once or twice daily. Within a day or two, ingrown toenail surgery can usually be completed.
How to Quickly and Efficiently Treat Ingrown Toenails
There are some tips to fix ingrown toenail. Wearing a new pair of shoes or pedicures isn’t going to be a problem if you have ingrown toenails. For people with diabetes or other conditions affecting blood flow, this unusual nail shape is more than simply an eyesore; it can be painful and lead to infection because of the steep curvature of the corners.
Nail operations are another service provided by Darwin Podiatry, and these procedures prevent the nail from growing again.