Ingrown toe nail occurs when the outside or inside edge of the toe nail grows into the skin on the sides of the toe nail causing significant pain, swelling and may lead to infection
Predisposing factors include cutting the toe nail too short, tight fitting shoes, pincer deformity of toe nails, trauma
It is usually very painful, mild lesions can be treated conservatively by your doctor, while moderate to severe lesions often has to be treated surgically with an outpatient procedure (done in your doctor’s office)
IGTN removal is a service offered by Dr. Tolu, it is an office procedure, you can return to work after the procedure
I perform with local anesthesia, I will administer injections to numb up the toe, then carefully remove the toenail away from the nailbed. Patient is given instructions on how to properly care for the toe after surgery, return for a wound check in 2 days
The most important thing about IGTN is prevention. Ensure you do not cut your nail too short, cut them straight at the top, avoid wearing shoes that are too tight.