Ingrown toenails happen when the edge of the nail grows into the skin surrounding it. They can be visually unappealing, but more than that, they can cause discomfort and pain. In some cases, they can lead to bleeding, swelling of the skin, and infection. When conservative treatments are unsuccessful, surgery may have to be considered. Is ingrown toenail surgery painful? You won’t feel a thing! During surgery, a local anesthetic is usually injected into the area around your toe. This will numb your foot and prevent you from feeling the procedure as it occurs. The nail will be freed from the skin and removed if needed. After the operation, be sure to keep your foot raised and rested. You might receive over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to relieve any soreness you’re feeling. To stop ingrown toenails from returning, and to remove any harmful pressure on the foot, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and avoid overly trimming your toenails. Surgery is a successful way to stop your ingrown nails from hurting, and to keep ingrown toenails from coming back!
Dr. Victoria Melhuish can explain more about ingrown toenails and how to take care of your feet. Contact us at Sierra Foot and Ankle by calling (775) 783-8037, or visit our office in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV today!