Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail dig into the skin. Some ingrown toenails can become red, swollen, or infected. Reoccurring ingrown toenails can be treated by surgically removing the offending piece. This is done by freezing the toe with an anesthetic, removing the offending piece, ablating the area with 90% Phenol and Carbon Dioxide Laser to prevent regrowth.

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Ingrown Toenail Surgery Aftercare

For the first day or two after surgery, you should rest your foot and limit activity. Keep it elevated when you’re sitting.

Your Chiropodist will give you wound care and follow-up instructions. Follow these closely. This will help prevent infection. If necessary, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers for discomfort.

You might also be prescribed oral antibiotics if your toenail was already infected. Follow your Chiropodist’s instructions about how to take these.

Wear open-toed or loose-fitting shoes for about two weeks after surgery. This gives your toe room to heal.

You’ll be able to return to normal activities after a few days but avoid running and other strenuous activity for at least two weeks. Or ask your Chiropodist at your surgical follow up visit.