Pain Management Physicians & Chiropractors located in Union Square, New York, NY & Financial District, New York, NY
Toenail Removal Specialist
In some extreme cases, removal of a toenail may be necessary. Dr. Wong can help patients from across New York City with this procedure from our locations Irving Place Surgery and Wellness Center locations on Fulton and Irving Place, in Union Square and Wall Street areas, and his other location in Brooklyn,NY for treatment and care.
Toenail removal is usually a last resort for issues and problems with the toes. Some of the more common conditions which could require toenail removal include:
Trauma: If a toenail is damaged due to a severe or repetitive blows, the damage to the toe and toenail may cause a great deal of pain and damage to the toenail.
Infection: Some nail fungus infections are so embedded that the only effective treatment is removal of the toenail and regular application of antifungal cream.
Ingrown toenails: If left untreated ingrown toenails can become so painful and embedded that they only way to relieve the pain is to remove the toenail and to train the new nail to grow straight.
Corns: Corns can grow under the toenail, and the only way the doctor can reach the corn for treatment is to remove the nail.
Will Toenail Removal Hurt?
Toenail removal is typically carried out using a local anesthetic and should be relatively painless. Removal can be done at the doctor's office. Once the toe is numbed, Dr. Wong will loosen the skin around the nail and detach the nail from the skin. The nail can be removed in part or whole, depending on the extent of the damage or infection which led to the removal.
What Should I Do To Take Care of My Toe After Surgery?
For the first few weeks after removal, you will need to keep the toe clean and dry. The doctor will advise to apply a layer of antibiotic ointment and and wound should heal within a few weeks. Toenails can take 12 to 18 months to grow back in full.