Transcription of Ingrown Toenail Video
How long have you had that ingrown toenail? How many months or years have you lived with the pain, trying everything from trying to trim the corner out yourself, or sticking cotton down into the nail groove? Over-the-counter medications don’t work and the longer you put off professional treatment, the more likely the toe is to get infected. Fortunately, at Kansas City Foot an Ankle, we can perform a very simple, in-office and painless procedure that is very effective in eliminating that ingrown nail… permanently!
Ingrown toenails are a very common and often very painful condition seen in kids and adults alike. The borders of the big toenails are most commonly affected and can be curved downward excessively. While poor trimming habits seem to get the blame for most ingrown nails, the most common culprit is heredity. Usually, the nail border is excessively curved all the way back to the base of the nail, under the cuticle. That means that the growth center for the nail, or nail matrix, is also excessively curved downward. When the matrix produces new nail, it produces it with an excessively curved shape at the borders. As the nail then grows out, it cuts into the skin like a knife, which can certainly be painful and lead to infection.
A minor procedure can be performed in the office under local anesthesia to remove the ingrown border permanently. No incisions are made and no stitches are needed,. After the ingrown nail is removed, a chemical is applied to prevent the ingrown portion of the nail from growing back. Most people are more comfortable after the procedure than they were before. We leave the normal part of the nail and growth center alone. Once it heals, it will look like a normal nail, but more importantly, the painful ingrown portion of the nail is gone, permanently! You’re wearing normal shoes and back to your normal activities right away.
You don’t have to live with ingrown toenails. Come see us at Kansas City Foot and Ankle and we’ll help you get back to your active lifestyle; quickly and comfortably.