Toenail Fungus Treatment in Brooklyn
Toenail surgery is employed to alleviate the following types of deformities.
• Ingrowing Toenail
• Incurvated Nail
• Fungus Nail
• Thick Nail (Hypertrophied)
• Injury to a Toenail
INGROWN TOENAIL AND INCURVATED NAIL
This is a condition in which a portion of nail presses into the flesh, causing pain, redness and sometimes infection. If this condition is left untreated, an exaggerated swelling of the skin along the nail border, known as proud flesh, can form.
Ingrown toenail surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia or with topical anesthetic agents. Preoperative X-rays may be taken to be sure there is no bone spur present or infection of the bone when the condition is of chronic duration. Removal of a portion of the nail border causing the problem will give temporary relief. Permanent correction to remove the offending portion of nail and nail root could be required if this is a recurring problem.
SUBUNGUAL EXOSTOSIS (Bone Spur Under the Nail)
Sometimes deformed nails are associated with a small bone spur at the tip of the toe under the nail. This can cause considerable discomfort at the nail or beneath it. The skin between the nail and the bone can become irritated and result in a painful corn or callus. If the nail is removed, without removing the bone spur, the corn or callus can continue to form on the tip of the toe. Therefore the most effective way to treat this condition is to also remove the spur.
THICKENED DEFORMITY OF TOENAILS
This condition can stem from a nail fungus, nail injury or it may be inherited. Sometimes other diagnostic tests, such as a nail culture, could be required. Fungus nails can often be treated with the new oral antifungal agents. When pain persists or conservative measures fail to give adequate relief of pain, treatment may require removal of the nail and destruction of the nail root.
This involves the use of a special high frequency laser. Fungus tissue and nail can be removed on a permanent basis when the nail root or growth center is destroyed with a laser.
CHEMICAL CAUTERIZATION FOR PERMANENT NAIL REMOVAL
This procedure involves the permanent removal of one or both sides of a toenail and the removal of fungus tissue if it is present. The root of the toenail is then treated with a chemical agent that destroys it. If the entire toenail needs removed, the same procedure is employed for the entire tissue under the nail and the complete root.
There are additional methods of treatment for this common foot problem to consider. This includes oral and/or topical medication for toenail fungus, especially if surgical correction is not desired or possible due to medical circumstances.