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Ingrown Toenail Surgery Aftercare

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

An ingrown toenail is a condition of the foot that occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin surrounding the nail bed. As a result, there can be inflammation at the site of the side of the toenail. Some cases of ingrown toenails are so severe that surgery is needed to correct the condition. Many patients want to know what they should be doing after undergoing a surgical procedure. You should always listen to the advice and instructions of your medical professional, such as a podiatrist. They might tell you to rest the foot in the days following surgery. The instructions that your medical professional gives you might also include ways in which you can reduce the risk of developing an infection of some kind. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, then it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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