One of the most common diagnosis that we see in our practice is ingrown toenails. Children often hide this foot problem from their parents because of fear of going to the doctor. We consider the treatment for ingrown toenails to be virtually painless and we understand the anxiety that children as well as adults have before they come to see us. Let's talk a little about what an ingrown toenail is and how we treat this common foot condition.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail curves sideways into the skin alongside the nail. This can cause pain, especially when wearing tight shoes. It can also lead to an infection with redness and swelling. Ingrown toenails can be caused from trimming your own nails too closely, trauma to the nail, a family history of ingrown toenails, and sometimes pedicures.
The side of the nail will need to be removed in order to stop the pain and release any infection present. If there is a lot of redness and swelling, then an antibotic may also be used. The redness and pain should begin to go away within 48 hours. It will take about two weeks for the exposed nail bed to become dry and all the swelling to go down.
If only the side of the nail was removed it will begin to grow back in a few months. To prevent recurrence, that side of the nail bed may be treated with a strong chemical to prevent the nail from regrowing.
We utilized techniques such as topical freezing spray so that most of the time you do not feel the injection. We have had much experience over the years easing anxiety before the procedure. We are able to correct the ingrown toenail the day of the office visit and follow you closely to make sure the healing process goes well.