Ingrown Toenail Removal Care

Learn what care is required for the Ingrown Toenail Removal procedure. Find out what you need to do prior to the procedure, how long it will take, if you will be required to stay in the hospital and what the postoperative care is.

Ingrown Toenail Removal Details


Alternate Names for Ingrown Toenail Removal:
Removal, ingrown toenail

What to Expect Prior to Procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes.
  • Arrange for a ride home.
Anesthesia

You will be give local anesthesia-only the area that is being operated on will be numbed by an injection.

Description of the Procedure

A local anesthetic will be used to numb the toe. Using special tools, the doctor will cut the nail down towards the cuticle (bottom of the nail). Then either the whole nail or part of the nail will be pulled off. A chemical may be put on the cuticle to prevent the nail that was removed from growing back.

How Long Will It Take?

Less than 1 hour

How Much Will It Hurt?

It will likely hurt some when the doctor injects the anesthetic into your toe. During the procedure, you will not feel pain, but you will feel pressure and tugging. After the procedure, you will likely have some pain. Your doctor may give you pain relievers.

Post-procedure Care

When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:

  • Do not put weight on the affected toe.
  • If needed, take pain medicine.
  • Keep your foot elevated when possible.
  • Soak your toe in warm water for 10-20 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day for one week.
  • Keep a clean, dry dressing over the toe for the first few days.
  • Wash your hands before caring for the nail area or changing the dressing.
  • Wear cotton socks and loose fitting shoes for about two weeks.
  • Do not run or engage in strenuous activities until the toe is healed. You may need to wait two weeks.
  • Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
  • If your toe is infected:
    • Use the prescribed antibiotic cream or ointment as directed.
    • Do not touch the antibiotic with your finger. Instead, put a small dab of the cream on a clean dressing. Use that dressing to apply the medicine to your toe.
    • Take all medicines as directed.
  • To avoid future ingrown nails:
    • Do not wear high heels or shoes that fit poorly.
    • Trim your toenails straight across. Do not pick or tear at them.

Complete healing takes about 2-3 weeks. This will not interfere with most activities. If the entire nail was removed, your body will create a hard skin in its place. After the skin has covered the sensitive area, you can resume normal activities.


Learn

Learn what Ingrown Toenail Removal is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Ingrown Toenail Removal
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Ingrown Toenail Removal Complications
Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Ingrown Toenail Removal Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Ingrown Toenail Removal Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Ingrown Toenail Removal
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

Latest Articles


Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO