How To Fix Ingrown Toe Nails!
Severe or recurring ingrown toenails can be treated with a minimally invasive surgical procedure. This procedure is performed by one of the Podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry in our rooms; there is no need to attend a day surgery unit. It is most common to perform this procedure on the big toes, but can be done on any of the toes.
The surgery involves using a local anaesthetic to numb the toe so that the procedure can be performed pain-free. An elastic tourniquet is then applied to the toe for a short period while the intruding side of the nail and its root is removed. The root area is then cauterised with phenol to prevent the side of the nail from growing back. There is no cutting of the skin or stitches involved. A wound is present that takes approximately 4 weeks to heal completely. At this stage the skin fold closes up and the nail appears quite normal. During this 4 week period you must keep the wound clean and dressed. It is also best to avoid swimming and sports for this entire period, but at the very least for 1-2 weeks after having the surgery. Very rarely do people have to take time off work after the surgery and any pain that is present after the surgery can be managed with paracetamol.
This procedure is an effective and permanent solution for your painful ingrown toenails.
Your podiatrist will not normally perform this procedure at your first consultation. At your first consultation they will usually advise you on all treatment options available and which would best suit your individual circumstances. Conservative treatment is almost always attempted before considering the surgery. Should it be decided that surgery is the best solution for you they will determine your suitability and discuss the procedure with you in more detail.
Make an appointment to see the Podiatrists at Jandakot Podiatry today for more information on ingrown toenails and surgery, or call us if you have any questions on options for ingrown toenail treatment.