Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a common condition that, if not properly treated, can be very disabling over the long term. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ingrown toenails are usually located at the extremity of the nail, and can be present on any toenail. An inappropriate toenail cutting technique, or even the size of the nail can be the cause of the problem.

Several solutions are available to you at a podiatry clinic.

Possible treatments

Toenail care

Performed by a podiatrist, or a nurse specialist under his supervision, toenail cutting techniques can be a solution to your recurring problem. Our professionals are able to tailor a procedure adapted to the condition of your nails. It is also possible to effectively manage or even resolve certain cases of ingrown toenails. Here are some good reasons to work with our professionals:

  • You are assured you receive quality treatment adapted to your condition.
  • You benefit from quality service in all circumstances.
  • All our instruments are sterilized.
  • These very specialized instruments enable us to perform precision cuts when necessary.
  • We take care of your problem, from specialized cutting to surgery, if required.

Orthonixy

Orthonyxias are splints used to straighten pinched or involuted nails. They are bands of resin or small titanium splints.

They are positioned on the nail so as to create tension on the nail and reduce its curvature as it grows. This helps to reduce nail pressure on your toe, which greatly alleviates the symptoms.

The primary advantages include:

  • This technique is minimally invasive and painless.
  • Installation requires little time and results in very rapid relief.
  • These splints can be used in patients who cannot undergo surgery because of their health.

Ingrown toenail surgery (matricectomy)

Surgery for ingrown toenails in a podiatry clinic is minimally invasive and provides effective results for alleviating pain, while maintaining the aesthetics of your toes. Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia of your toe, with little or no pain.

Below are the steps for this procedure:

  • Our professionals administer a local anaesthesia to the affected toe;
  • Prepare the toe for surgery;
  • Remove several millimeters from the nail;
  • Use the space created to burn the root of the nail;
  • Then cleanse the area and apply an antibiotic cream.

You remain anesthetised for a period of 1 to 6 hours, depending on the aesthetic used. Normally, a tingling sensation is felt as the aesthetic wears off, and sensitivity to touch in the region is then felt.

Advantages:

  • You can return to work on the same day of surgery;
  • You can perform regular daily activities;
  • Your problem is resolved permanently;
  • You preserve the nail;
  • The result is aesthetic.

Disadvantages:

  • You must disinfect the wound for a period of 2-3 weeks;
  • Some shoes may cause pressure and sensitivity to your toe;
  • You cannot practice sports during the first week following the surgery.

Need to treat an ingrown toenail?

Don’t hesitate to contact your podiatrist.