Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery Jacksonville, Orange Park
When do I need ingrown toenail removal surgery? Like most medical questions, it depends. When a toenail becomes ingrown and curves into the skin along the nail border or side of your toenail, the irritation can cause swelling, redness and pain. This gouging can break the skin beneath the nail and lead to a nasty, foul-smelling infection. Toe nail surgery may be required to remove a portion of the nail and allow the skin to heal. After the procedure, your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic to help eliminate the existing infection or to prevent other infections from occurring.
There are numerous causes of an ingrown toenail but toenails that are not trimmed correctly and poorly fitting shoes are considered to be the most common. Typically, this happens to the big toe but nails on the other toes can become ingrown as well. In some cases, the tendency for ingrown toenails is hereditary. For others, it may be the end result of fungal infection or trauma to the nail or toe. Following an ingrown toenail removal, your doctor may want to discuss the fit of your shoes and/or the proper technique for trimming your nails. He or she may also prescribe an ointment to aid the healing process.
If you have any type of peripheral vascular disease like diabetes, then you should contact our office immediately for a same day appointment. You should also never attempt a bathroom surgery as the repeated trimming of the nail could cause your problem to worsen. Complications from toe nail surgery can be severe when you have nerve damage or poor circulation to your feet. For patients with diabetes, any minor injury to the foot, such as corn, callus or ingrown nail, may be difficult to heal and can require a more extensive surgery to prevent the decay of surrounding tissue. If not, the impact can be devastating as an uncontrolled infection could lead to amputation.
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