Ingrowing Toenails Treatment at Udai Omni Hospital

INGROWING TOENAILS

Dr. Pradeep Moonot
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specialist in foot, ankle and knee surgery
Sports Medicine

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Ingrowing Toenails
One of the most common foot disorders is an ingrown
toenail. The edge of the nail grows into the skin at the
side of the nail, and the area becomes infected. The skin
is red and inflamed, and the toe hurts. Pus may form.
Major factors which can cause the problem are:
• Tight shoes
• Tight socks
• Cutting the nail too short with rounded edges
Treatment
An ingrown toenail can often be effectively treated by
antibiotics, surgical removal of a wedge of nail, avoiding
tight shoes and tight socks and avoiding improper Post operation
cutting of toenail.

Ingrowing Toenails
Post operation a bulky dressing will be applied to the
A chronic ingrown toenail with recurrent infections may toe. This should not be removed for 7 days. You will not
require surgery. be able to drive yourself. Please make arrangements for
transport home in advance.
Surgery
Please keep your foot elevated above the level of your
heart as much as possible for 72 hours after surgery as
With a wedge resection of the nail, the surgeon removes this will reduce swelling and bleeding – both of which
a strip of nail at the side and a small part of the nail bed. may increase the risks of local infection.
The nail will then grow straight and not grow into the
skin. You need to ensure that you have an appointment
7-10 days post-op so that the dressings may be reduced
Usually one edge of the nail is removed. In some cases and any sutures removed.
both left and right edges are removed.
To treat severe cases the surgeon may need to remove Complications
the whole nail and the complete nail bed.
These include:
The surgery is a day-case procedure. It may be • Infection
performed under local anaesthetic or general • Recurrence of ingrown nails
anaesthetic.



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