Permanent correction of ingrown toenails is done through a small in office procedure. Although there is a little tenderness after, normal activity can be resumed immediately. If done correctly, the nail maintains a normal appearance. The procedure is 99% successful in permanently relieving the symptoms.
Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrowth. If the ingrowth is on the tip of the nail edge, the nail can usually be cut back to relieve the pressure. If the nail is ingrown along the edge, a small procedure is usually required to remove the edge. Despite common belief, cutting a "V" in the tip of the nail does not prevent recurrence. Antibiotics are used if the toe develops an infection.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail pushes into the skin. Ingrown toenails are extremely common.
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