Suffering from an infected ingrown toenail?

There are two possible solutions for you to fix your ingrown toenail. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, then a nail avulsion would be indicated. This is a surgical procedure performed in the office where the ingrown border of the nail plate is surgically excised. Antibiotics are typically not needed and the condition resolves by simply removing the ingrown nail border. The recovery period is usually 7-10 days and heavy activity such as running can be performed within 24-48 hours.


For recurrent cases of ingrown toenails, a permanent procedure is typically chosen. This involves the same technique as a nail avulsion, but a chemical is introduced into the nail groove and the nail matrix (cells that form the nail) is ablated to prevent the border of the nail from growing back.  The recovery period is slightly extended for this procedure as drainage usually occurs for 14 days. Regular activity, as well as exercise,  can again take place in 24-48 hours.

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Dr. CampitelliJuly 28, 2016 at 7:46 am

[…] Below is a link to my practice website which contains a video of an in office surgery for removal of an ingrown toenail. Runners commonly present to my office with these and are terrified that they will have to stop running. Typically one only needs a day or two if rest after having this minor surgical procedure. In fact, the relief is so great that as soon as the anesthesia wears off the pain is gone. Click here to see the video.  […]

Dr. CampitelliJuly 28, 2016 at 7:46 am

ohhh thats painful 🙁

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