Toenail Removal


Toenail removal is a common surgical treatment for toenails that are ingrown, bruised or when infected by fungus. It almost hurts when you even think about it, but actually the whole treatment is almost painless.

Sometimes surgery is the only way out and this is often the case for toenail problems.

When toenails are damaged in such a way medical treatment is not sufficient enough removing the toenail can be a huge relief. Medical treatment for toenail problems can be effective for some, but in a lot of cases it is simply not effective of can lead to complications.

In the case of nails with a fungal infection the skin under the nail is infected, by the same fungal infection that is causing athlete’s foot or jock itch. External anti-fungus products cannot always reach the nail bed.

There are also oral medicines but these have side-effects which can cause liver damage or allergic reactions. This looks like the last way out for a lot of people who can’t get rid of their infected toenails, but in fact it is not. Complete removal of the toenail could be the answer.

When toenails are grown in permanent pain is what most people feel. When slightly bumping something with your toe or when wearing shoes this can by increased heavily. In the early stages podiatrists can apply special clips to guide the toenail to grow in a straight way instead of curl into the skin. However this does not relief the pain immediately.

Toenails grow very slow and it can take a few months before you see the result. Toenail removal is the fastest way to solve most toenail problems and recommended when ingrown toenails cause permanent pain.

Of course people can also have their nails removed for pure cosmetic reasons. Thick or yellow toenails are the main reasons. There are a lot of people on this planet who don’t like to show their feet in public e.g. wear flip-flops on the beach or at swimming pools.

But it must be taken into account that removal of the toenail is a final procedure for severe toenail problems and generally not a cure for odd looking nails. However it can be done under the right circumstances.

The operation is simple and does not take very long. First a shot a local anesthetic injected into the toe near the nail area. Then a tourniquet is applied to decrease excessive bleeding during the procedure.

When the toe area is completely numb the nail or parts of the nail and nail bed will be removed. After the operation your toe will be numb for a short period of time. Then you’ll be given painkiller to control the pain. The toe can feel uncomfortable for a day or two.

For ingrown toenails only the side of the nail and nail bed will be removed so the nail will look slightly smaller. For bigger toenail problems the nail and nail bed will be completely removed so after the operation there will be just skin instead of a nail. For fungal infections sometimes only the nail will be removed letting it to regrow after the operation. The nail bed has to be treated with anti-fungal products afterwards or the regrown nail will become infected after some time.

Toenail removal can solve most toenail problems with a simple procedure. I will be a huge relief for people with toenail problems that can’t be treated effectively in any other way.

Toenail Removal Care

After a successful toenail removal, it’s very important to give it the right aftercare so you will get no complications and have a fast recovery.

The most important thing to do after you get home from the operation is rest. Try to keep the leg elevated on a pillow and avoid standing on the foot. After a day or two you can remove the bandages and the dressing.

Try to do this as slowly as possible, because it can be a bit painful. It is a good thing to take painkillers before removing the bandages if these were prescribed. If not prescribed, paracetamol can be used as well.

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When you removed the bandages try to gently clean the foot.

The best thing to do is to is to take a foot bath. Put your feet in some warm water for 15 minutes and try to repeat this every day for at least 1 week.

After the foot bath it is very important to dry the foot thoroughly with a soft towel and cover the nail bed up with some new bandages. The reason for the new bandages, even if it looks unnecessary is, is to reduce the risk of the nail become infected.

Of course there is always a risk of infection. When removing bandages take a good look at the nail bed area. If it looks reddish or if it is swollen and it painful there is a big chance the toe is infected. When there are signs of infection try to contact your specialist as soon as possible.

This is important as the infection can get worse in a matter of days. You will then be provided with antibiotics which you will have to take every day at a certain time. It is very important to not skip or stop taking the antibiotics. Be sure to always follow the instructions from the doctor.

When treated for nails with a fungal infection you have to apply the anti fungal medicine 1 or 2 times a day after the foot bath and then use some new bandages so the medicine will stay at it’s place. Doing this for at least 2 weeks will completely remove the fungal infection.

And a new and not infected nail will grown back after some time. Sometimes an oral medicine will be prescribed, but this is not often the case, because these can give complications.

But this can sometimes be the best option when having multiple infected toenails or other fungal infections, like a fungal infection on the skin. If prescribed, try to follow instructions and take the medicine every day at a certain time.

After the first few days, when moving back to your old activity levels always try to wear loose shoes. This will minimize the pain.

Toenail removal can cause a lot of pain, but with the proper home care you can prevent this for the biggest part, it’s all up to yourself. Always try to follow the instructions from your doctor. And remember, always contact your doctor immediately when the toe shows signs of infection after the surgery!

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