© 2023 Massaha AMAL 2 . Created by ZARROU

© 2023 Massaha AMAL 2 . Created by ZARROU

© 2023 Massaha AMAL 2 . Created by ZARROU

What is the ingrown toenail?

A nail is ingrown when it penetrates the tissues that limit its side edges. An inflammatory reaction ensues and then, in the absence of early treatment, infection.

It is a pathology of the toenails and particularly of the big toe.

Prevention of ingrown toenail through foot care?

Trim your nails after you shower, when they are soft;

cut your nails straight and not in a semicircle (the corner of the nail forming an angle of 90 °), leaving the nail protruding from the free edge of the toe by two to three millimeters;

cut your nails in a well-lit area;

use nail scissors and a cuticle cutter, cleaned with alcohol;

do not push yourself hard on the cuticles;

do not use sharp instruments to clean under the nail.

Wash your feet daily and brush your nails and regularly massage your toes with an emollient or moisturizing cream.

Wear shoes and socks that don't squeeze your toes.

Wear socks and shoes that allow the feet to breathe.

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How to assess if a patient requires ingrown toenail surgery?

Our doctors are all trained in ingrown toenail surgery. They can perform all procedures for your toenails.

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Patient history is very important

The doctor uses the patient's history to determine the circumstances that caused the ingrown toenail. In particular, it may be a chronic problem. Indeed, certain pathologies cause the toenails to deform or thicken over time.

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Clinical examination

It is used to assess whether you are a candidate for surgery. In this portion of the exam, the doctor identifies several things:

  • Your surgical history

  • Your health history

  • Your medication

  • Your allergies

In addition, a vascular evaluation of your feet will be performed to ensure optimal healing.

An x-ray evaluation may be necessary to check if the bone under the nail has sustained damage secondary to your condition.

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Conservative treatment trials

Before starting ingrown toenail surgery, it is very important to identify what you have already tried and what can be tried. For example :

  • The traditional nail cut

  • The specialized nail cutter

  • Soaking with massage to clear the nail

  • Applying a strip to straighten some nails

  • Surgeries during hospital visits

However, sometimes the situation is so advanced that it becomes impossible to relieve it with conservative treatments. Matricectomy then becomes the only solution to the problem.

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Matricectomy has several advantages:

  • Accessible

  • Fast

  • Aesthetic

  • Little painful

The benefits of ingrown toenail surgery

You might think that such an operation is painful and undesirable, yet it gives you many important benefits to consider:

  • You can work immediately after the procedure.

  • You keep your daily activities (you may need to limit some sports).

  • You definitely solve your problem.

  • You keep the aesthetics of your foot.

In the long term, therefore, it is a winning choice to opt for surgery.

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Why opt for ingrown toenail surgery performed by our doctor ?

Our doctor has extensive knowledge of the foot. He knows the best ways to treat your condition:

  • it facilitates your support.

  • He recommends the right people to you, if necessary.

  • He provides complete management of the foot (including conservative and post-operative treatments).

  • He follows up closely.

  • It anticipates and controls the potential complications of an intervention.

Your doctor has the knowledge and the tools to help your feet regain maximum independence quickly. He is able to explain your situation to you and guide you through each step.

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Choosing US offers you the following benefits:

  • Efficient follow-up

  • Expertise

  • Great accessibility

Ingrown toenail surgery (partial matricectomy)

Ingrown toenail surgery is minimally invasive. It effectively and permanently eliminates pain while maintaining the aesthetics of your toes. The operation is performed under local anesthesia. Thus, your toe will have little or no pain after the surgery.

Here are the different steps of the procedure:

In clinic

The operation can be performed with or without a tourniquet.

  1. Anesthesia of your toe (the effect will last from 3 to 9 hours depending on the case)

  2. Cleaning and disinfecting your toe

  3. Delicate nail removal with a spatula

  4. Removal of part of the nail (usually 2 to 5 mm)

  5. Removal of the infected area with a phenol solution

  6. Rinsing the area with saline or alcohol

  7. Application of antibiotic cream, gauze and bandage

After the operation in the clinic, you can quickly return home.

At home, keep your dressing dry for 24 to 48 hours. It is normal to feel tingling and tenderness after the operation when the anesthetic stops working.

The chronological stages of ingrown toenail surgery

Here is the complete course of your treatment, up to surgery:

Pre-surgical evaluation

This step is carried out before the procedure so that you are aware of the envisaged treatment plan and that you can make an informed choice, in full knowledge of the facts.

Surgical preparation

Your foot should have been cleaned within the last 24 hours.

On the day of surgery

If recommended, you should have taken your pre-ingrown nail surgery medication one hour before it.

Once at the clinic, the team will begin your surgical preparation. You will be looked after and kept in a comfortable condition throughout the process. Usually, foot procedures are performed under local anesthesia and, in rare cases, with mild sedation with oral tablets.

Follow-up visits and care at home

Each procedure requires special care at home. Your doctor will clearly explain to you what needs to be done. Usually you will receive a cheat sheet for the house. A follow-up appointment will be made within 7 to 14 days with your doctor.

It is recommended not to get your foot wet for the first few hours after surgery.

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How long does it take to recover from ingrown toenail surgery?

Recovery usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks. The wound does not usually limit the patient in the practice of his daily activities, but it does require regular maintenance in order to heal well.

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When can I start my daily activities again?

In most cases, you will be able to resume your activities with virtually no pain as early as the second week.

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Follow the recommendations to the letter!

It is of the utmost importance to follow the pre-surgical and post-surgical recommendations to the letter. What you do after the surgery will have a direct impact on your recovery and the smooth running of the procedure.