Is ingrown toenail removal really painful?

Despite your best efforts, sometimes ingrown toenails are persistent or severely painful, and you may need to have the nail partially or fully removed. Toenail removal is a done with a local anesthetic. Within the hours following surgery you may feel mild discomfort. Possible complications include infection and it is possible the ingrown may return. If your toe becomes increasingly painful, swollen, or red, or if drainage develops, it should be reevaluated. If the ingrown toenail reoccurs, a second procedure may be necessary.

Continue to apply prescribed antibiotic to the area until it has healed completed. We may recommend a pain reliever to lessen the mild postoperative pain. Strenuous exercise is discouraged for at least a week after removal. Contact Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV, for an appointment or to find out more information about nail health. Call (775) 783-8037 or submit our online contact form to reach us.