Ingrown toenails can always be very challenging to most people, and it also happened to my patients. Although they have tried numerous ways to treat and/or prevent the nail spike coming back by themselves at home, they generally failed. If you are struggling to find a way to get rid of your ingrown toenails permanently, this blog might be for you.
Ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail curls down and grows into the skin around the nail, mainly affected in the first toe. They can make your toe look red, swollen, surrounded by hardened skin as well as making you feel tender and painful when you touch into the nail.
There are various treatment options available to treat your ingrown toenails, however, this blog is emphasized into the long-term treatment for ingrown toenail.
Nail surgery (partial/total nail avulsion):
Firstly, we will inject local anesthetics into your toes and wait until the toe is totally numbed. After your toes are numb, we will process the surgery by cutting your nail straight down and taking out part of ingrown toenail and also nail root. Finally, we will apply a medical chemical, called phenol, to prevent the nail from coming back. The good thing about this procedure is that you can go straight home after the surgery.
We now announce to you that we have a new technique available in our clinic – THE FOOTCARE CLINIC. We called it – NAIL BRACING:
Similar to orthodontists – who are bracing the teeth, we are here to brace your nails. Nail bracing is a unique ingrown toenail treatment that uses a toenail brace to correct the curvature of the toenail – the basis of ingrown toenail. A nail brace is a fine, tensioned wire that is attached to the surface of the nail and then adjusted to gently elevate the nail’s edges away from the skin. This decreases nail curvature and helps the underlying tissues to heal. The treated nail is gently lifted out of the nail fold overtime. Normally, it will take 6-12 months for a result, however, we will need to review your nail every 4-6 weeks to make sure the nail brace is still in a good position.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to pop them in the comment section below or give us a call (03) 9711 7562. If you are interested in this new technique, you can always Book Online | The Footcare Clinic.