An ingrown toenail happens when the top edge of the toenail grows into the skin beside it. This skin and nail condition can be painful and even become infected. There are various reasons for this to happen such as improper cutting of the toenail or wearing shoes that are too tight around the toes. The cause could also be genetic. Common symptoms of an ingrown toenail are pain, redness, swelling, and infection around the toenail. According to our DFW foot specialist, some ingrown toenails can be treated at home while others may require surgery.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery
If your ingrown toenail does not heal from at-home treatment, your DFW foot specialist may recommend surgery to fix the problem. Surgery is often recommended for people with reoccurring ingrown toenails or for those who have a condition such as diabetic feet, which can lead to further complications.
If surgery is your option, your DFW foot specialist will decide what method will be best for your situation. Surgery options include:
- Removal of part of the toenail
- Full toenail removal
With an experienced DFW foot specvialist, surgery is fairly simple for ingrown toenails and can be done at a podiatrist’s office. After cleaning the nail, your doctor will numb your toe with a local anesthesia to minimize pain. This may be the most painful part of the procedure. Once your toe is numb and you are prepped, the doctor will separate the toenail from the nail bed and remove the section of toenail that is causing the problem. If necessary, the entire toenail may be removed. Once this is done, he will then destroy the cells underneath to prevent another ingrown nail. There is minimal bleeding since the doctor will cauterize the wound or use an acidic solution afterwards, and you will not feel pain during the procedure. The toe will then be bandaged, and the procedure is complete. The goal for surgery is to provide relief and prevent future recurrence of the ingrown nail.
After surgery, your DFW foot specialist will provide instructions for your recovery. These can include:
- Elevating your foot
- Refraining from running or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks following surgery
Contact Our DFW Foot Specialist With Any Questions
If you have questions about surgery for an ingrown toenail, our DFW foot specialist can help. To request an appointment in our Grapevine or Keller offices, fill out our convenient online contact form, or call our office today.