Ingrown toenail surgery
Ingrown toenail is due to traumas caused by the nail plate edges which penetrate in the lateral nail folds, causing inflammation of variable degrees, from light to intense. Usually is accompanied by intense pain, which hampers or even prevents locomotion, and in many times, by local infection.
The most common cause of ingrown toenails is the inappropriate nail cut, besides traumas and tight shoes. It can be treated conservatively with nail isolation using cotton or small plastic tubes. In more severe cases, surgical treatment is required, with removal of the ingrown nail portion followed by chemical or surgical nail matrix (or “nail factory”) removal from the ingrown nail site.