Ingrown Toenail Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

If you develop frequent ingrown toenails and infections, it may be time to consider permanent toenail removal. The top-rated podiatry team at International Medical Clinics (IMC) provides in-office toenail surgery in Atlanta. Find out more about permanent ingrown toenail treatments by booking an evaluation through the website or by calling the clinic to speak with a team member.

Ingrown Toenail Removal Q & A

Why do I need permanent toenail removal?

Most people suffer from at least one ingrown toenail at some point in life, which is usually caused by trimming your toenails too short. But even if you properly cut your toenails — trim them straight across and don’t round out the edges — you may still develop ingrown toenail issues.

In many cases, frequent ingrown toenails occur because your nails are overly curved, an inherited trait known as “pincer nails.” 

The concern with ongoing ingrown toenail issues isn’t just agonizing pain that can affect your gait, rather, you can develop infections that become so severe, they spread to your foot bones or other areas of your body.  

You might also need a permanent toenail treatment if you have diabetes, since diabetes can increase your risk of serious complications and limb-threatening infections. 

What happens during permanent ingrown toenail removal?

If chronic ingrown toenails affect you, the highly skilled team at IMC can help. The podiatry team provides in-office permanent ingrown toenail removal, so you won’t have to worry about further toe infections.

During your procedure, your provider thoroughly numbs your toe with a small injection. Once you’re comfortable, your podiatrist uses specialized tools and surgical scissors to gently separate your toenail from your nail bed. 

Once your nail is removed — they can take off either all of your nail or just part of it — your podiatrist treats your nail’s growth center with a heated electrical tool or acid solution. 

This destroys the nail matrix, so the treated part of your toenail, or your entire toenail, doesn’t grow back. 

Is permanent ingrown toenail removal painful?

The compassionate podiatrists at IMC understand how overwhelming it can be to need permanent ingrown toenail surgery. They’re diligent about ensuring you’re entirely comfortable throughout your entire procedure. 

You may feel some pressure or pulling once your toe is numb, but you shouldn’t feel severe pain or discomfort. 

Once your ingrown toenail surgery is complete, your podiatrist may recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to help soothe your discomfort over the following days. It can take up to about two weeks to be able to return to exercise or full job functions. 

Learn more about the benefits of permanent toenail removal for ingrown toenails by booking an exam at IMC today. You can conveniently schedule either online or over the phone.