Nails which grow into surrounding skin can cause pain, inflammation, and possible infection of the toe. This can be a particularly serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes, or other system diseases, and can be just plain painful to the general population.
Ingrown toenails can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, restrictive compressive stockings, trauma, or improper nail cutting. It is important to note that in many cases, proper nail cutting and attention may prevent the need for an ingrown nail surgery.
Our office commonly provides two types of ingrown toenail procedures:
I ) Wedge Excision
In this procedure, the doctor will freeze the toe and excise the part of the nail which is ingrowing into the skin. The nail will then be allowed to grow out normally.
II) Matrixectomy (Permanent nail surgery)
In this procedure, the doctor will freeze the toe and excise the ingrown piece of nail. A chemical will then be applied to the side of the nail to prevent it from ever re-growing.