Will I Be Able to Drive Home After the Ingrown Toenail Removal?

No. We can’t recommend anyone drive home with a bandaged foot or one that is still under the effect of local anesthetic. Please arrange to have someone drive you home.

What Will I Have to Watch for Following the Surgery?

We will provide you with specific instructions for post-operative care, but there are some overall tips to keep in mind:

  • We will dress the toe afterward, but you will likely have to apply new dressings at home. We can show you the best ways to do so.
  • Keep your foot elevated above the level of your heart as often as you can during the first 48 hours, to help reduce swelling.
  • Keep the toe clean and dry, except when cleaning it. We can inform you of when and how to best do so, depending on your circumstances.
  • If you have to be in footwear, wear shoes that have a roomy toe box that can accommodate the bulk of your dressing. Avoid any tightness against the toes as much as possible.
  • Contact us right away if your toe is in severe pain or you experience any other unexpected symptoms.

Do I Need to Worry About Anything if My Toenail Is Gone Forever?

In some cases of recurring ingrown toenails, we may surgically remove the entire nail, then treat the underlying nail bed to prevent new nail from growing back. This might be the only real way of preventing ingrown toenails from returning in patients who are naturally inclined to get them.

While no longer having a toenail may feel unusual at first, your toe is not really at any major disadvantage without it. You do not have a greater risk of infection, and have a lower chance of pain with the nail gone!

If you wish to, you can paint the skin of the missing nail to match your other painted toenails. Use non-toxic brands of polish and discontinue using any that irritate your skin. Do not attempt to bond a standard fake nail to your skin, as removal can cause significant damage. We might be able to help you find a better alternative, depending on the circumstances.

Be Free From Ingrown Toenail Pain

A minor surgical procedure can make a huge difference for many people with ingrown toenails. However, surgery is not the only option for everyone. Some people have ingrown toenails that can be successfully treated via non-surgical methods, and they will not have recurring troubles if they treat their nails well.

But if a partial or full removal of a nail is best for you, do not fear pain or a problematic recovery. We can get you through as comfortably as possible, and you’ll be much happier without that constant source of aggravation!

Are You Or A Family Member Suffering From Ingrown Toenails In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from ingrown toenails you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.