Treatment for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenail surgery

An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail 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 – the ingrown toenail.
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).

Treatment of an ingrown toenail has a low reoccurrence rate and is highly effective.  However, sometimes a nail spicule can occur. If you have had ingrown toenail surgery in the past have have seen a nail spicule occur these can be resolved with a redo of the procedure.

You can read more about the recovery period after having surgery for an ingrown toenail by clicking here for Dr. Campitelli’s post operative instructions for ingrown toenail surgery.

For more examples of ingrown toenails as well as videos, visit Dr. Nick Campitelli’s Blog.

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