Excision of Ingrown Toenail

Why put up with the excruciating pain of your ingrown toenail when you can get it treated in the most systematic, professional manner at Halsted?

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An ingrown toenail may seem inconspicuous, but it can be extremely painful. Ingrown toenails arise when the nail’s edge or corner embeds itself into the skin next to the nail.One of Halsted’s many specialities is the medical treatment of ingrown toenails. Our medical team will accurately assess the damage to the toenail and recommend the right course of treatment. Whether it is a surgical or non-surgical procedure, our team has the expertise to do it with the precision that facilitates quick healing.

Ingrown Toenail- A Detailed Insight

Diagnosis Of An Ingrown Toenail
Treatment For Ingrown Toenails
Post Surgical Care For Excision Of Toenail
A simple examination of the affected toe is more than enough to diagnose an ingrown toenail. However, the doctor may suggest an x-ray to assess how deep the nail has grown into the skin and to know if the ingrown nail is caused by an injury.
Ingrown toenails may call for minor surgical treatments when home remedies do not work, and if the infected nail is extremely painful. At Halsted, we follow four different methods to treat ingrown toenails.
Lifting The Nail

A mildly infected ingrown toenail can be healed by lifting the edge of the nail and placing a cotton swab, dental floss or a splint under it. This prevents the nail from sticking onto the overlying skin and helps the nail grow above the skin’s edge.

Partial Nail Removal

When the nail causes pain and pus, the portion of the nail that is digging into the skin will be removed after numbing the toe with local anaesthesia. The doctor will narrow the toenail and place a piece of cotton under it to prevent the recurrence of the ingrown nail.

Nail And Tissue Removal

Total nail removal becomes necessary when the ingrown nail is caused by thickening. The entire nail and a portion of the nail bed or underlying tissue is removed after a local anaesthetic is injected into the toe. This procedure effectively prevents that part of the nail from growing back.

  • The affected toe will be thoroughly cleaned, dressed and bandaged after the minor procedure.
  • The foot should be kept elevated, and all unnecessary movement must be avoided for a few days.
  • The wound should be cleansed with antimicrobial soap or soaked in water filled with Epsom salts.
  • After a thorough cleaning, antibacterial cream must be applied, and the wound should be covered with a bandage.
  • Loose-fitting footwear is recommended until the wound heals completely so as to avoid pressure on the toe.
  • You will be given a dose of pain relief medication and antibiotics to facilitate quicker healing for the toe.

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