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July 11, 2018
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Ingrown Toe Nails

An Ingrown Toe nail is a very common painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the paronychium or nail bed.


Symptoms of an ingrown nail include pain along the margins of the nail, worsening of pain when wearing tight footwear, and sensitivity to pressure of any kind, even the weight of bed sheets. Bumping of an affected toe can produce sharp, even excruciating, pain as the tissue is punctured further by the nail.  By the very nature of the condition, ingrown nails become easily infected unless special care is taken. Signs of infection include redness and swelling of the area around the nail, drainage of pus, and watery discharge tinged with blood.


Permanent correction of ingrown nails is a very commonly performed procedure here in our office. It offers permanent relief of a very painful problem. This procedure involves a local anesthetic  (numbing the toe) so that no pain and discomfort occurs during the procedure itself. The procedure involves the removal of the small section of the nail which is ingrowing, then the nail root is killed with a chemical. This causes very little post-procedure discomfort, however pain medicines are given should discomfort arise. Following this surgery, specific soaking instructions are given as the risk of infection is always a possibility. You will also be given oral antibiotics to prevent infection.  The skin on the sides of the nail will eventually meet the remaining portion of the nail and the nail will usually have a fine cosmetic result.