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Ingrown Toenails


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Ingrown Toenails

Jane Lawler

Why Mavis from Midland no longer brings us lemons.

Last year, Mavis was in at Junction every 8 weeks, always loaded up with
a generous bag of lemons from her tree.
This year, we don't see Mavis anymore, and it is 100%, definitely, because of the work of Michael Taranto.
Mavis had an ingrown toenail – a condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh - in her left big toe. The pain, redness and swelling meant she needed regular treatment just to manage the condition.
We looked forward to seeing Mavis for her routine nail care (and top up our supply of Lisbon lemons). But treating a condition in this ongoing manner provides only temporary relief, and we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't look at more satisfactory solutions.
Michael had gently suggested surgery a few times, and although Mavis joked that she “would enjoy a rest with clean sheets that she hadn't washed, in a bed that she hadn't made herself”, she was reluctant to book in for the procedure.
We are never flippant about surgery and appreciate that patients like Mavis resist the notion. However, when ingrown toenails become serious, corrective surgery is highly effective and relatively straightforward with a very low recurrence rate. The initial surgical approach is typically a partial avulsion of the nail plate known as a wedge resection or a complete removal of the toenail. The post-surgery bandages usually will still allow you to wear shoes, and there is minimal discomfort while the patient is recovering.
Mavis ended up going ahead with the surgery, and was in capable hands with Michael (he has performed hundreds of this type of procedure over his career). Her bandages were removed after a few days, and we helped with some basic care, such as infection prevention, for the two to three weeks until the area had fully healed. Some patients take care of this side of things themselves, depending on their situation at home.
The surgical treatment of ingrown toenails includes a number of different options that are maybe too descriptive for some of our readers to cover here. If conservative treatments are not succeeding in providing adequate relief, surgical management is non-invasive and both Michael and Julie are skilled in these.
Now. If only Big Bob from Bellevue could be as brave as Mavis….

Are you seeing us a little more often than you’d like?! Has your ingrown toenail become serious? Book in an appointment to see us on 9250 1676 or follow the link to book online.