PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION: An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edge of the nail has grown into the surrounding skin, and it happens because of the incorrect growth of the deformed nail or abnormally rapid growth of the surrounding skin around the part of the nail. Initially, there are no symptoms, but once it progresses, this condition could become quite painful. This affected area is usually red and an infection develops later. This condition is caused by wearing tight and / or inappropriate footwear, as well as by cutting nails irregularly and too short. It affects younger population, and is often seen in athletes, especially football players, but also soldiers. Hardened skin (corns, calluses) occurs on the soles of the feet, in areas where the bone of the foot presses the sole against the surface.
CANDIDATES: These conditions are common in highly trained athletes, sometimes in tight and inappropriate footwear. The condition is painful, distressing and greatly diminishes the quality of life. Surgical treatment provides definite relief and complete cure from this condition.
PREPARATION OF THE PATIENT FOR SURGERY: In most cases, no special preoperative preparation is required. The treatment is surgical and at our polyclinic you will find out all the detailed information about these conditions during your examination. There's only one surgical technique available for treating these conditions.
PROCEDURE PROCESS: The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, in our polyclinic, and usually takes about 30 minutes. After cutting out the affected area, it is bandaged up and the patient is free to go home accompanied by a family member or a friend. Dressing the wound and other postoperative procedures are the responsibility of the surgeon who will explain everything in detail. The wound heals in a few days, without pain and after that the patient is capable of going back to his/her regular daily activities.
RECOVERY: After procedure, it is necessary to rest for 2 to 3 days with the leg in the elevated position. After 1 to 2 weeks, the patient is able to return back to his/her regular everyday life.
PRECAUTIONS: Complications after this procedure are usually rare or nonexistent. It is important to follow all instructions given during the examination and after the procedure. However, it is also your responsibility to avoid risks and complications