Toenail avulsions are a common procedure that is required when there is an ingrowing toenail or paronychia. This procedure is typically done in the office under local anesthesia, and it involves the removal of the offending nail border. Patients who undergo toenail avulsions are instructed on post-op care to ensure proper healing.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the affected toe. They occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. Ingrown toenails can be caused by a number of factors, including improper trimming, tight-fitting shoes, or injury to the toe. In some cases, they may be due to an inherited tendency to develop this condition.
Paronychia is another condition that can lead to toenail avulsions. It is an infection of the skin around the nail, and it can cause pain, swelling, and redness. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the nail itself, leading to the need for toenail removal.
Toenail avulsions are typically performed under local anesthesia, and the procedure takes less than an hour to complete. The offending nail border is carefully removed, and any debris or pus is cleaned out from the affected area. After the procedure, patients are instructed on how to care for their toe to prevent infection and promote healing.
In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days of the procedure. However, it may take several weeks for the toe to fully heal, and patients may need to wear special shoes or avoid certain activities during this time.
At the Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari specializes in treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions, including ingrown toenails, paronychia, and other conditions that may require toenail removal. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your toe, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari to discuss your treatment options.