The reason why an ingrown toenail occurs is when the side or top of the toenail grows into the skin or flesh next to it. It normally happens in the big toe. Some of the causes behind an ingrown toenail are as follows.
- Toenail or toe injury
- A toenail that grows in a curve
- Cutting the toenails very short or with a lot of curves
- Wearing tight shoes
Usually, treatment for ingrown toenails can be done at home. But, in case you are suffering from too many ingrown toenails or a skin infection, you can take the help of surgery. People who have diabetes need surgery.
What are the different kinds of surgeries for an ingrown toenail?
Some different types of surgery for an ingrown toenail are as follows-
Removal of toenail:-
The doctor can remove the entire toenail but increases the risk of having more ingrown toenails in the future. And your toenail can take more than a year and a half to grow completely.
Your doctor will also remove a part of the toenail to keep it from digging and pushing into the skin.
If wedge resection or nail removal fails, the doctor will have to get rid of the nail bed along with the nail.
Toe tip surgery:-
In this procedure, the doctor will reshape or remove the soft tissue at the toe tip.
Ingrown toenail surgery- aftercare:-
- Try to keep your feet dry and clean, and do not wash your legs in the first 24 hours.
- Keep the dressing if you have little bleeding and apply gauze and bandaids.
- If you experience any pain after the surgery, try pain medications such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol.
Dr. Chetan Oswal of the Orthowin Clinic, Pune, is qualified to perform toenail surgery. So, if you need toenail surgery in Pune, contact him.
Dr. Chetan Oswal is the United Kingdom trained Foot and Ankle specialist surgeon practising in Pune, India. He has been practising Orthopaedics for the last 12 years and is now working as a dedicated Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has been successfully managing patients including elite athletes for practically all problems related to foot and ankle.