Ingrown toenail Pain

An ingrown toenail is a common problem where the nail grows into the toe. Therefore it can be painful, but there are things we can do to ease the pain.

Is this how you are feeling now?
Skin next to the nail becoming tender, swollen, or hard
Pain when pressure is placed on the toe
Fluid slowly building up around the toe

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Our Orthopedist

Dr. Ambrose Yung has been practicing for over 15 years. He was trained in a world renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospital and also in Hip & Knee Division, Southampton University Hospital. Therefore Dr Ambrose Yung specializes in treatment for lower limps area. He also has deep knowledge with experience in partial nail and total nail removal surgery. In additional, he is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in NUS and also in Clinical Physician Faculty, Singhealth Residency.

How our Orthopaedist treats

Initial consultation will help to diagnose the specific root cause for the ingrown toenail. Our specialist through his years of experience will use different techniques to determine if such pain is serious. During a partial nail removal, the sides of the nail are cut away so that the edges are completely straight. In addition, piece of cotton is placed under the remaining portion of the nail to keep the ingrown toenail from recurring. Total nail removal may be used if the ingrown nail is caused by fungal infection. Because for most cases the surgery is not complex, one may discharge on the same day.

Ingrown toenail recovery

After surgery, you will probably need to keep your foot raised for the next one to two days and wear special footwear to allow your toe to heal properly. Therefore, please avoid movement as much as possible. The bandage is also usually removed two days after surgery. Our doctor will advise you to wear open-toe shoes and other practical guides until your toe heals. For partial removal, your toenail will likely grow back a within a few months. In addition, if the entire nail is removed down to the base, it can take over a year to recover.

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