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Osteomyelitis After Ingrown Toenail Surgery
Yes: An ingrown toenail initially starts as an infection of the soft tissue, but if left untreated it can spread and penetrate into the bone and cause a bone infection which is also known as osteomyelitis. This is a nasty infection and can lead to amputation of the affected toe. If you have an ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist asap. ...Read more
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Osteo is derived from the greek osteon. Inflammation or infection. A broad range of organisms can cause infection from bacteria, to viruses (less common), to fungi (mycotic). Acute and chronic infections exist. Long term IV treatment with antibiotics (or antifungals or other agents) are needed. In my experience no less than 8 weeks ...Read more
Talk to you doctor: Chances are the doctor used a chemical to stop the growth of the nail. ...Read more
What could have caused a granuloma to form on nail fold after ingrown toenail surgery? What steps can I take to treat it?
Relax.: A granuloma formation, although not common, is not t so unusual that you should be too concerned. You should return to the surgeon to have it resolved. If a foot specialist did not do the actual surgery, then I suggest you have it treated by a foot specialist now. It is a simple matter to numb the toe and remove the growth by one of several techniques. ...Read more
The: Recovery usually takes two weeks. Most people can resume normal activity in one or two days. ...Read more
Depends: On exactly what you had done. When I do a procedure to remove an ingrown nail in the office, the patient is told they have no activity restrictions afterwords. ...Read more
See below: Give it time to heal and grow out. ...Read more
If my nail still hurts 4 months after ingrown toenail surgery would you recommend having a total nail alvusion for the pain to stop?
You don't: Crutches are not needed after toenail procedures. ...Read more
Depends: On your pain tolerance, severity of problem, presence of infection, circulatory and neurological status as well as the technique of administration of the injection. Generally, if you relax as best you can, under most circumstances, the injection is not excessively painful. ...Read more
Not necessary: Sure...But it is not necessary. The risk outweighs the reward. ...Read more
Toenail aftercare: That depends on what type of surgery you had for the ingrown toe nail. Most of the time, that type of surgery requires some soaking of the toe following surgery. In some cases however, there are sutures in place and the toe needs to be kept dry. With any surgical procedure you should have received written instructions on your aftercare. You need to contact your provider for clarification. ...Read more
Keep the area clean: Bandaged and protected until it heals. 4-5 days. ...Read more
I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?
Ingrown toe nail: Ingrown toe nails do hurt. You have had a reoccurring toe nail that has been treated and yet it comes back. You will need to see a podiatrist and have a partial matrixectomy (kill the part of the tissue that grows the nail). That should take care of it. ...Read more
Varies: Costs vary by regions of the country. It should be between $250-$400. ...Read more
Can reoccur: Ingrown toenails can re-occure if the nail is not trimmed properly. Go back to your doctor for re-evaluation to see if the ingrown nail needs re-excised. ...Read more
No.: Generally, once the ingrown nail is removed, you have much less pain. The doctor will numb your toe for the procedure, and afterward, it's like having a splinter removed--as soon as the pressure is gone, it starts feeling better immediately! ...Read more
I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and I want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery.?
Depends: On the situation. If there is pain and/or infection, some treatment needs to be performed but not necessarily surgery. Sometimes and incision and drainage may be needed and ingrown portion of nail needs to be cut out. If the problem can be treated palliatively without infection than definitive surgery can wait. ...Read more
It can vary: I have my patient's soak in warm water-epsom salts daily for a few days (if the permanent correction is performed, it can be up to six weeks). A topical antibiotic and dressing for a few days should help. If redness, puffiness and/or pain persists, I might prescribe an antibiotic. If the patient has no improvement within a few days I see them. ...Read more
It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. Soak to soften the area and try to get it free. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more
Obesity ; toenail: Well, all things being equal, surgery in obese patients generally results in a higher risk of problems than non-obese patients. The excess weight that your toe is subjected to may affect recover. Also, if you have diabetes (as a result of the obesity), that will impair healing as well. Losing weight can only help. ...Read more
Pain on ingrown toenail site after surgery a few months later callus was removed but still painful why is this?
How do you know if a small piece of nail was left inside during ingrown toenail surgery can you see the small piece? What are the symptoms?
Have it looked at.: The ingrown nail may not be visible. I you continue to have pain or signs of infection have it re-evaluated as there may be a piece left behind. ...Read more
Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when the margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more
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