Ingrown Toenail Removal Recovery Process

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Ingrown toenail removal recovery process. Partial or complete toenail removal for ingrown toenails is an effective choice to end recurring ingrown toenails. Toenail removal recovery is not lengthy, especially if treatment takes place early rather than after infection has developed. Knowing what to expect for ingrown toenail removal recovery will help you to plan, and relieve anxieties you may be facing about the recovery process.

Your podiatrist may prescribe either a partial or complete toenail removal. For either treatment, the toenail removal recovery process is minimal.

Partial Toenail Removal Recovery

During the partial toenail removal, your podiatrist will numb your toe completely so you feel no pain. A precise border of the toenail is cut free of the nail bed. The nail bed is not cut—only the nail plate. Phenol is then applied to the nail bed to keep that portion of the nail from growing back.

Recovery lasts 2-6 days.

  • Your dressing bandage will need to be changed daily as described by your podiatrist. This will continue for 2-6 days, depending on how long drainage occurs for you. You can shower with your bandage on and change it afterwards.
  • Pain during ingrown toenail surgery removal should be less than the pain experienced while having the ingrown toenail. Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can be taken to help minimize any superficial pain. Antibiotics may be prescribed in the case of an infected ingrown toenail removal.
  • Wear sandals, open shoes, or soft shoes with plenty of wiggle room while your toe is healing—for 2-6 days.
  • Normal activity can resume after 2 days of healing, but be mindful of bandaging if still using. There could be some discomfort during activities within the first week after toenail removal.
  • Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, or lakes during this recovery time

Complete Toenail Removal Recovery

During a complete toenail removal, your podiatrist will numb your toe and provide a local pain injection so you feel no pain. Once the toe is prepared, the nail plate is cut free of the nail bed. Just as with partial toenail removal, only the nail plate is removed and not the nail bed. The chemical phenol is applied to the entire nail bed to prevent any part of the nail from growing back.

Recovery lasts 1-2 weeks.

  • Your dressing bandage will need to be changed daily as described by your podiatrist. This will continue for 1-2 weeks, depending on how long drainage occurs for you. You can shower with your bandage on and change it afterwards.
  • Pain during ingrown toenail surgery removal should be less than the pain experienced while having the ingrown toenail. Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can be taken to help minimize any superficial pain. Antibiotics may be prescribed in the case of an infected ingrown toenail removal.
  • Wear sandals, open shoes, or soft shoes with plenty of wiggle room while your toe is healing—for 1-2 weeks.
  • Normal activity can resume after a few days of healing, but be mindful of bandaging while still using. There could be some discomfort during activities within the first week after toenail removal.
  • Avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, or lakes during this 1-2 week recovery time.

Your podiatrist will walk you through the specifics of what to bring with you for your ingrown toenail removal and what to do after treatment.

Surgery for ingrown toenails is very effective at putting an end to recurring ingrown toenails. Seek guidance from a podiatrist for the best solution for you!

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