10 Aug Is Ingrown Toenail Surgery Painful?
At some point in your life, you likely experienced an ingrown toenail. Although it was annoying and uncomfortable, you probably took care of it without much fuss.
What happens if an ingrown toenail won’t heal and gets worse? Then it’s time to see a doctor. A specialist with Oasis Foot and Ankle, www.oasisfootankle.com, is ready to handle the situation if that pesky ingrown toenail becomes more complicated.
The Cause of an Ingrown Toenail
The two most common causes of an ingrown toenail are poorly fitting shoes and improperly trimmed nails. If the nail edge is damaged and the nail no longer fits properly into the side groove of the nail bed, an ingrown toenail can occur. The nail digs into the skin, which results in pain, swelling, redness, and drainage.
When an ingrown toenail is mildly red and sore, soak the foot in warm water and place a piece of dry cotton under the corner of the nail. If the ingrown toenail worsens, then pain, swelling and drainage may increase. At this point, try using an antibiotic ointment with a pain reliever.
How Painful is Ingrown Toenail Surgery?
Seek medical treatment if conservative care fails to resolve the issue. Your doctor may try a round of oral antibiotics first. If the problem increases, surgical removal of part of the nail is often needed.
Compared to the pain from an inflamed ingrown toenail, pain after surgery to remove the ingrown toenail is minimal. The toe is first injected with a numbing medication. The injection of the numbing medicine may be uncomfortable at first until the anesthetic begins to work.
The surgical removal of an ingrown nail involves removing a small portion of the side of the nail and destroying the nail bed beneath the toenail. The toenail is cut to create a straight nail edge. The cells underneath the nail will try to grow a new nail and must be destroyed to create a permanently thinner nail.
If there is a mass of skin on the side of the toe called hypertrophied tissue, it must be removed. The toe is then bandaged until it completely heals, which may take several weeks.
After surgery, keep your foot elevated for a few hours and rest. You can return to work or school the next day. Following the procedure, you may experience some pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, can alleviate this discomfort.
To prevent another ingrown nail from developing, trim the nails straight across the top. Do not cut the toenail down into the corners. If you develop another ingrown nail, see your doctor early to prevent the need for further surgery.
The specialists at Oasis Foot and Ankle have the training and skill to provide top-notch medical care and keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the entire procedure. Don’t let ingrown toenail pain keep you down. Simply call (602) 993-2700
or visit our website, www.oasisfootankle.com, for an appointment today.