Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common problem for children and adults. The shape of the nail plate is a major factor in causing an ingrown nail. A normal nail resembles a dinner plate laying upside down. The outer edges of the nail should be easy to see and easy to trim.

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When a nail incurvates or bends inward on the edges the potential for an ingrown nail increases.

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Improper trimming can lead to the nail growing into the flesh.

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TREATMENT:

The ingrown toenail is gently trimmed away under local anesthesia in the office.  A topical medication is applied to the area,  preventing  the return of the ingrown nail.  A Band-Aid is used until healing is complete. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes.  Most patients may return to work or play the same day, and rarely is a pain medication required. The chemical treatment for an ingrown toe nail has been successfully used for many years and usually is a permanent solution to the problem for children and adults.

 

 

If you think you have an Ingrown Toenail please call our office so we can help you become pain free.
(708) 867-3338