Ingrown Toenail

Surgical Options

If there is excessive inflammation, swelling, pain and discharge present, the toe is probably infected and needs to be treated by a physician at the FHCH Sports Medicine Program. The standard treatment is oral antibiotics and either trimming the nail partially or removing it completely. The doctor may also remove the underlying nail bed and some of the soft tissues as well as part of the growth center.

Surgery is effective in eliminating the nail edge from growing inward and cutting into the fleshy folds as the toenail grows forward. If a child has chronically infected ingrown toenails, permanent removal of the nails may be recommended.

If you're in a lot of pain or the infection keeps returning, your doctor may remove part of the ingrown toenail again. However, removing the whole ingrown toenail increases the chance that the toenail will come back deformed. It can take 3 to 4 months for the nail to grow back fully.

For causes, symptoms and non-surgical treatment options, click here.

If you have questions about surgical options or want to make an appointment with one of our sports medicine experts to discuss your condition, please contact our Patient Care Coordinators and they'll be happy to help you.