What is IGTN?

Close-up Of Sore Toe Nail

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.

Dr. Tolu Abikoye, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Tolu Abikoye, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Tolu Abikoye, M.D., M.P.H., is a board-certified family medicine physician with more than 14 years of experience. He graduated from the University of Ilorin, earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and completed his residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He currently is the physician owner of Alliance MD, a direct primary care (DPC) clinic serving Orlando, Florida and nearby cities. To learn more visit www.alliancemdorlando.com.

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