Let’s first discuss what an ingrown toenail is and then talk about how we treat it in our clinic. This widespread and agonizing foot condition affects people of all ages. This happens when the toenail’s edge extends into the skin around it, resulting in swelling, redness, and discomfort. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that can help to solve this issue.
Being one of the top 5 foot issues we deal with daily in our clinic, our skilled podiatrists here at 26 Foot and Ankle have already mastered treating this foot condition. Utilizing cutting-edge medical technology, they perform a matrixectomy, a minimally invasive technique, to cure ingrown toenails. In order to prevent a curved ingrown toenail, the nail’s growing area is removed. The nail matrix is cauterized with phenol, a substance that stops the nail bed from growing again. Usually, this process takes 10 to 15 minutes.
After undergoing a toenail matrixectomy, proper aftercare is crucial for a successful recovery to promote healing and reduce discomfort. Our podiatrists recommend our patients use creams, perform cold water soaks, and subsequently undergo laser therapy.
What is a cold water soak? A cold water soak is when you submerge the affected foot into cold water for a few minutes, usually 10 to 15 minutes. This can be done several times a day. Cold water soaks help to constrict the blood vessels, reducing swelling and promoting healing. Cold water also numbs the affected area, relieving pain and discomfort.
Moisturizing creams are also essential as they aid in wound healing by keeping the skin hydrated. Dry skin around the surgical site may crack or become irritated, hindering the healing process. Regular application of moisturizing creams will promote healthy tissue regeneration and prevent complications.
Our podiatrists also recommend laser therapy, which may help prevent potential fungal or bacterial changes from occurring within the toenail as a result of the procedure performed.
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As we have said repeatedly, it is essential to consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment plan to make sure you get the correct diagnosis and treatment. With proper care and attention, people with ingrown nails can relieve pain and regain mobility.
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