An ingrown toenail is defined as a condition where the toenail impinges on the soft tissue either on the side or at the end of the toe. This condition is primarily defined by symptoms. A curled toenail does not necessarily mean one has an ingrown nail. Only if the nail digs into the skin and causes pain and/or infection does it constitute an ingrown toenail.
Treatment can be performed in the office and usually involves numbing the toe with a local anesthetic, removal of the small portion of nail digging into the skin and application of a weak acid to destroy the root of the nail (matrixectomy) in the section removed. The success rate of this procedure if very good, although recurrence of the ingrown nail can occur.
Post-operative care requires soaking of the toe in empsom salt/water solution twice per day for 20-30 minutes, followed by application of antibiotic ointment (neosporin or bacitracin) and a Band-aid.
Damage to the area is unlikely, so activities and shoewear are allowed as tolerated. The toenail will return to a normal appearance in two to three weeks.
If you suffer from foot pain, give us a call at 270-684-5252.
Dr Block is an excellent podiatrist. The staff is friendly and very professional.