WHO FACES THE PROBLEM OF INGROWN TOE NAIL?
Some people develop ingrown toe nails from repeated trauma like football players, faulty footwear, injury or fungal infection that has destroyed the nail. The ingrown portion seeps into the nail bed causing pain and predisposing the tissue to infection.
HOW ONE CAN GET RID OF THIS CONDITION?
Such ingrown toe nails can be removed by surgery.
The ingrown toe nail can be removed partially or completely depending on the extent of injury to the nail.
HOW IS THIS SURGERY DONE? DOES ONE NEED TO GET HOSPITALISED FOR THE SAME?
The toe is first numbed with an anaesthetic injection. Then the affected part of the nail and attached Nail bed is removed. Nail bed i.e. the area under the nail is responsible for the generation of the nail. In case of a deformed nail, due to any reason, leaving back the nail bed will allow regrowth of the nail in the same deformed manner. Hence it is essential that nail bed be removed. In case of complete involvement of nail, the whole nail is removed so that after healing, in place of nail, there is only skin.
WHAT POST CARE NEED TO BE TAKEN?
The toe continues to be a numb for an hour after the surgery. The patient is prescribed painkillers so there is no pain after wearing off of anaesthesia. The post – operative care is given to the patient.
HOW SOON ONE CAN RESUME TO THE EVERYDAY ROUTINE?
Light daily activities can be resumed after 24 hours. Heavy job can be resumed after 3 weeks.