When a toenail is ingrown, the nail is curved downward and grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe.
A painful condition that can last for many years an be ended in one visit. We offer same day in office correction of ingrown toenails. Sometimes an infection can require a course antibiotics before surgery can be performed. There are two different types of in-office surgical correction that can be performed on an ingrown toenail. If this is the first time the infection or “ingrown” nail has occurred, then performing a temporary removal (nail avulsion) of the painful border of the toenail is usual procedure of choice. If the ingrown nail is chronic and has been occurring on an off for several years, then a permanent removed of the nail border is recommended. The permanent procedure (nail matrixectomy) involves a chemical burn in addition to the nail avulsion which may take a week longer to recover from than the typical 2 weeks (recovery in this case would be mild draining from the burn and activity is usually not hindered).
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