Toronto podiatrist discusses best way to treat painful ingrown toenails in Toronto
Currently, the best way I know of permanently treating painful Ingrown Toenails is the phenol alcohol technique combined with the carbon dioxide laser.
The procedure is performed in my Toronto foot clinic with local anesthetic. I freeze the toe so you don't feel anything. I position a screen so that you can't see the procedure.
Next, I remove just the ingrown part of the nail. Leave the rest of the nail alone.
I then treat the part of the root or matrix, which is causing the problem, with the carbon dioxide laser help prevent recurrence. I also treat that part of the matrix with an application of phenol or carbolic acid to further reduce the chance of regrowth. The area is then flushed with alcohol to neutralize the phenol.
A dressing is then applied to the total with a special ointment to aid in healing.
The patient is then instructed to change the dressing daily and apply the ointment with a Band-Aid.
I will then see the patient back in my Toronto podiatry Office to make sure everything is healing properly.
If you, or someone you care about, suffer from painful ingrown toenails, please call my Toronto foot clinic at 416-486-9917 to arrange a private consultation.