(Removal, Ingrown Toenail)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Relieve pain
- Relieve swelling or infection
- Remove a deformed nail
- Correct abnormal nail growth
- Excessive swelling or bleeding
- Problems with blood circulation
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes.
- Arrange for a ride home.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Wear cotton socks and loose fitting shoes for about 2 weeks.
- Do not run or engage in strenuous activities until the toe is healed. You may need to wait 2 weeks.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
To avoid future ingrown nails:
- Do not wear high heels or shoes that fit poorly.
- Trim your toenails straight across. Do not pick or tear at them.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the wound
- Chalky white, blue, or black appearance to skin of toes or foot
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Nurses Entrepreneurial Foot Care Association of Canada http://www.nefca.ca
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
Ingrown toenails. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.foothealthfacts.org/Content.aspx?id=1339&terms=ingrown%20toenails. Accessed March 2, 2015.
Ingrown toenails. American Academy of Family Physicians' FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/ingrown-toenails.html. Updated March 2014. Accessed March 2, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -