Ingrown Toenail Removal

If you have a severe problem with ingrown toenails in Wytheville, VA, Dublin, VA, Galax, VA, and Marion, VA and would like to have them removed, schedule an appointment with our team of doctors and professional staff at Southwest Podiatry today.

Removing an Ingrown Toenail

If you’re experiencing persistent pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails in Wytheville, VA, it may be time to have them removed. When our team of doctors removes an ingrown toenail, it will stop the toenail from growing back and will permanently eliminate the pain.

To prepare for an ingrown toenail removal, our team will clean and disinfect the affected area, place a band around the area to restrict blood flow and then administer a local anesthetic. Once your toe is numb, the doctor will lift the ingrown toenail out of the edge of the skin surrounding your toe.

Once the doctors completely remove the ingrown toenail, they will treat the nail with a chemical, lasers, or other treatment methods to stop the nail from coming back. In many cases, the procedure narrows your toenail. Most patients make a full recovery after a few weeks.

At-Home Treatment

Most people can treat their ingrown toenails at home. Here are some treatments recommended by podiatrists that you can try immediately (if the toenail isn’t showing signs of infection):

  • Soak the affected foot in soapy, warm water for 20 minutes
  • Apply antibiotic ointments like Neosporin or Polysporin
  • Wear comfortable shoes/socks and keep feet dry
  • Buy sharp toenail clippers and carefully cut toenails straight across
  • Reduce inflammation by soaking the affected area in Epsom salt and warm water

Ingrown Toenail Risk Factors

Although anyone can develop an ingrown toenail, some people may be at higher risk due to several factors. For example, people who have diabetes-related neuropathy or severe nerve damage in their feet are at higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail. People with poor blood circulation are also at a higher risk.

However, an ingrown toenail is a very common condition, and experts at Cedars-Sinai Hospital estimate two out of 10 people experience an ingrown toenail at some point in their lives.

To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of ingrown toenails in Wytheville, VA, Dublin, VA, Galax, VA, and Marion, VA, contact our team of doctors and professionals at Southwest Podiatry by calling (276) 228-2212 (Wytheville), (540) 674-2444 (Dublin), (276) 236-9663 (Galax) and (276) 782-9545 (Marion).