Surgery for Ingrown Toenails by Toronto, Ontario
Painless Ingrown Toenail Surgery:
You can now get permanent relief from ingrown toenails and ingrown toenail infection in my Toronto podiatry office with a minor surgical procedure. The laser ingrown toenail treatment is performed painlessly with local anesthetic in our Toronto podiatry clinic - only your toe is frozen. Just the painful ingrown side of the nail is removed. The part of the root that is causing the problem is treated with the carbon dioxide laser and a special chemical. A small bandage is put on your toe. You can walk immediately. You then apply an ointment and a bandaid to the toe at home. I will see you a few days later in my Toronto foot clinic to make sure your toe is healing properly.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, is usually caused by trimming toenails too short, particularly on the sides of the big toes. They may also be caused by shoe pressure (from shoes that are too tight or short), injury, fungus infection, heredity, or poor foot structure. Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail dig into the skin, often causing infection. A common ailment, ingrown toenails can be painful. Ingrown toenails start out hard, swollen, and tender. Left untreated, they may become sore, red, and infected and the skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail.
In most cases, treating ingrown toenails is simple: soak the foot in warm, soapy water several times each day. Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if an infection is present. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In severe cases, if an acute infection occurs, surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. Known as partial nail plate avulsion, the procedure involves injecting the toe with an anesthetic and cutting out the ingrown part of the toenail.
Ingrown toenails can be prevented by:
- Trimming toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
- Ensuring that shoes and socks are not too tight.
- Keeping feet clean at all times.