As a podiatrist, ingrown toenails are one of the most satisfying conditions to treat. Why? The bottom line is that, first and foremost, we love to help people overcome their foot pain and feel better, and few painful conditions can be treated as quickly, easily, and successfully by a professional. When you hobble into our office with a painful toe and walk out with a smile on your face, it makes everyone feel great.
Fixing an ingrown toenail requires a minor surgical procedure to remove a small portion of the nail—the part burrowing into your skin. This can be done during a same-day appointment right in our office. In some cases this can even be performed without pain or anesthetic by gently snipping the corner of the nail; however in most cases we’ll use a small amount of local anesthetic to numb the toe before excising the painful portion of the nail. Once the procedure is complete, we may also use a small amount of medication to help prevent the problem from recurring, and lightly bandage the toe.
In any event, the process boasts an overall success rate greater than 90%, is quick, and is usually painless, or nearly so. Even better, the relief is immediate, with most people going home in much better shape and fully returning to normal activities within 24 hours.
One thing to remember, though: the longer you wait to seek treatment, the greater your risk for increasingly more severe bacterial or fungal infections. That’s something you definitely don’t want, and not just because it means treatment more difficult. Left untreated, a bad infection could even reach the underlying bone, and complications can be especially problematic if you suffer from diabetes—in such cases, ignoring even relatively minor issues can cause tissue death (gangrene) and require more substantial surgery (or even amputation).
When you consider how simple and easy it is for a trained podiatrist to provide fast relief for your ingrown toenail, as well as what can happen if you avoid treatment, the choice is clear: you have no reason to keep suffering in silence and every reason to seek help from North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. Let Dr. Keith McSpadden get you back on your feet again, without pain. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 512-593-2949.