Sometimes the “smallest” conditions can be the most frustrating or painful. Exhibit A: Ingrown toenails.
If you’ve ever had one, you know there’s nothing insignificant about them. When the edge or border of a nail has been digging into the skin, the pain when you bump your toe—or even when you put on a shoe—can be intense.
In the worst cases, an ingrown toenail can become infected—a dangerous situation especially for people with diabetes.
Fortunately, ingrown toenails are quite simple for a podiatrist to treat. We fix them all the time, and the process is about as smooth and painless as can be. So if you’re suffering, don’t wait to get help!
It only takes a single, quick same-day procedure for us to remove an ingrown toenail.
The “worst” part is the shot (however, our Doctors are so good, most patients don’t experience any pain during the numbing process!). Once the toe has been numbed with a local anesthetic, we will carefully trim out and remove the part of your nail that’s causing the problems.
Once the anesthetic wears off, your pain should be gone. It may take a week before we’ll let you submerge your toe in a lake (no swimming!) or return to full-speed athletic training, but for most activities there’s no downtime. You can return to work and school right away.
If your ingrown toenail keeps coming back, we can also destroy a small portion of the nail bed underneath the part of the nail we remove. This prevents that part of the nail from growing back.
Yes, your nail will be permanently thinner, but most of the time the results still look quite natural—and the odds that you’ll get another ingrown toenail there will be virtually zero. For someone suffering the same problem over and over again, that’s a pretty good trade!
If ingrown toenails are making it difficult to go about your day comfortably, please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone. Appointments are quick and easy, and we’ll get you in as soon as we possibly can. To schedule an appointment with us in Commerce Township, please call (248) 360-3888.