Ingrown Toenail

Explains a procedure to permanently remove an ingrown toenail.

Hi, I’m Dr. Leo Krawetz of Healthy Feet Podiatry.

One of the more common problems that I see in my office is an ingrown toenail. An ingrown nail is characterized by the side or both sides of the toenail growing into the skin. The skin becomes very red, inflamed, and in many times becomes infected. Once this happens, it’s extremely painful to walk on. There is a very easy procedure that I do in my office to remove the ingrown nail and get rid of the pain of ingrown nail. This is a permanent procedure. What I do is I numb the toe at the base of the toe back here and then I remove approximately 3 or 4 mm of the toenail on the side of the nail so the nail doesn’t look that much different after it heals. It is still almost the completely nail plate. After the procedure, there is relatively little pain and if there is pain it’s usually cured with Tylenol and/or Aleve. It only takes about five minutes to do the procedure and with this 5-minute procedure you will be very happy because you will never have an ingrown nail again. This is a permanent procedure. If you would like to have this done, you can call my office on either the Tampa location or the Brooksville location or visit in my website at And that’s healthyfeetpodiatry h-e-a-l-t-h-y-f-e-e-t-p-o-d-i-a-t-r-y dot com. Thank you.

A: An Ingrown Nail is when one or both sides of the toenail are painful and sometimes become red and swollen.

A: Soak the toe In warm water with two tablespoonfuls of white vinegar for 15 minutes and apply antibiotic ointment to both sides of the toe. The best treatment for an ingrown toenail Is to remove one or both sides of the toenail permanently by applying a chemical under the cuticle of the nail.

A: We numb you with local anesthetic called lidocaine and you do not feel the procedure. Most people only need Tylenol, Advil or Ice after the procedure.

A: The procedure only takes 5 minutes to remove the Ingrown nail permanently. The recovery time is 4 weeks with no limitation of activity, swimming or exercise. You can do anything you want the day after the procedure, it just might be slightly sore.

A: The toenail will look almost completely normal, rectangular in shape and it is not noticeable after the toenail goes through one growth cycle. You will almost never get an ingrown toenail again after toenail surgery.

If you're suffering from ingrown toenails, it's essential to seek proper medical attention to manage your symptoms effectively. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards healthier feet.

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