Onychocryptosis, commonly called ingrown toenail, is a frequent toenail problem and occurs when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding the nail. Ingrown toenails cause discomfort, redness and swelling, and we routinely treat them at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. An ingrown toenail may cause mild to severe pain and may even impact your ability to walk, but our highly trained doctors can help. We determine the severity of your ingrown toenail and develop the correct treatment plan for you.
Surgical Ingrown Toenail Treatment Options
Conservative treatments sometimes correct ingrown toenails, but more advanced ingrown toenails, especially those showing infection, may require surgery. We offer several levels of surgical ingrown toenail treatment options performed on an outpatient basis that typically have a short recovery time. To prevent infection from spreading, we may start you on antibiotics, then assess your ingrown toenail to determine the ideal treatment option.
For simple cases, we perform a resection of the nail, which involves removing only the piece of the nail that’s digging into the skin. For more complicated cases, we may perform a partial or full nail avulsion under local anesthesia to numb the region around your affected toe. We pull back the skin around the ingrown part of your toenail and remove the problematic portion of the nail in partial avulsions or detach the entire nail in full avulsions. We also remove any visible infection and thoroughly clean the surface. Both partial and full avulsions are considered minor surgery, and it’s possible the nail will regrow normally and the ingrowth won’t recur.
In very serious cases or if you suffer from recurring ingrown toenails, we may recommend a permanent nail removal procedure called a matrixectomy. This surgical procedure is like full avulsion, but the nail is carefully separated from the nail bed and removed with the nail matrix intact. The nail bed is then treated with a special chemical to prevent your toenail from growing back.
Contact Foot And Ankle Specialists Of Central PA
Visit our office at the first sign of infection. Even something as simple as an ingrown toenail can worsen without proper treatment. Our foot and ankle experts use the latest techniques to decrease pain and speed up recovery. Contact us at 717-620-8225 to schedule an evaluation and discuss your ingrown toenail treatment options, or request an appointment online today.