If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odour and is a sign that you need nail surgery. However, even if the toe isn’t painful, red, swollen, or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection. Ingrowing toenails can be caused by trauma, incorrect nail cutting, tight shoes and certain nail conditions.
The treatment or removal of ingrown toe nails using local anaesthetics.
Symptoms that tell you you’re in need for nail surgery :
- Sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin.
- The nail curls and pierces the skin.
Ingrown toe nails are one of the most common conditions treated at the Head To Toe, professional treatment centre. Surgery is safe and effective, being undertaken on a day case basis.
Nail surgery process :
The most common operation performed for ingrown toe nails involves the removal of wedges from the side of the nail. Phenol is then applied so that the nail is permanently narrowed. This operation leaves no scar (in the absence of complications which are rare) and a perfectly normal looking nail. This may be a partial removal or a total removal. Local Anaesthetic is used to numb the toe as well as phenol which makes it a very successful procedure – 98% effective. A bandage is applied to protect the area which will be reviewed 2-3 days later. The total healing time is 4-6 weeks and you will be monitored until healed.
Ingrowing toenails can be painful. The skin around the edge of the nail is red and quite often swollen with pus. This can be caused by trauma, poor nail cutting or tight shoes. The nail is partially or totally removed. The best procedure will be discussed with you and you will be involved with the decision making.
If you have an issue related to your feet we at HeadtoToe would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us and see how we could help.