02 Sep Ingrown Toenail Removal, Fast Effective Treatment
An ingrown toenail is a very common and extremely unpleasant problem presenting to our podiatry practice. They are caused when the nail is incurvated (turned in) and penetrates the skin. Although a relatively minor complaint they can be extremely painful and if left untreated can result in swelling and infection. Athletes, kids and the elderly often suffer from ingrown toenails.
The two biggest reasons why ingrown toenails occur are;
- The nail is disfigured, damaged or distorted.
- Poor nail cutting method leaving the side of the nail to grow into the skin
We can see by the above picture that the nail is growing into the skin on the side of the nail which is called the sulcus. Usually, it starts as a slight noticeable pressure until it penetrates the skin, creating a small wound and pain. It is common if left untreated that a local bacterial infection occurs in the area. Antibiotics are usually prescribed by doctors such as GP’s to treat the infection which settles the pain and infection for a period of time, but if the cause the ingrown toenail (the nail penetrating the skin) is not treated then usually the pain/infection returns within a matter of days or weeks.
The most important treatment for an ingrown toenail is the removal of the nail penetrating the skin. There is only mild pain associated with ingrown toenail removal.
If this is achieved then almost instantly there is a reduction in pain.
Within 24 hours there is a reduction in swelling, redness and infection as wound healing progresses.
Usually, any infection present will be resolved by your bodies immune system and there is generally no need for antibiotic treatment.
BUT an ingrown toenail can be a re-occurring problem. This is usually because of the shape of the nail is now irreversibly changed and now has a tendency to in grow every time it gets to a certain length. This will continue to happen unless treated appropriately.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery; Permanent Correction of an Ingrown Toenail
Advances in ingrown toenail removal procedures have been of great value to patients. To permanently treat an ingrown toenail we complete an in-office procedure to permanently stop the nail from ingrowing into the side of the toe.
A local anaesthetic is used to numb the toe. A wedge of the nail is removed to the base where the nail grows from. A chemical is applied to the section where the nail is removed. There is a small wound present for around 4 weeks but the nail will now not grow into the region which solves the problem permanently. There are few complications and success rates are very high. Podiatrist’s complete many of these procedures weekly and are highly trained to give you the best outcome.
Good and timely treatment by a qualified podiatrist experienced in ingrown toenail removal should be utilised other than band-aid approaches like antibiotics and home treatments.
The first step is booking an initial consultation at Claremont Podiatry to have your ingrown toenail assessed adequately and an appropriate treatment plan discussed with you.
Call our friendly receptionist on (03) 6249 1155 to make an appointment or answer any further questions you may have.
53 Main Road, Claremont, Tasmania
Solefix Podiatry incorporating Claremont Podiatry