After your ingrown toenail removal, you’ll want to give yourself the best chance at a speedy recovery. You may have read, or heard that hours after the removal you can play basketball, run a marathon, etc. If you have some really good pain killers, this may be the case, but you’d just be setting yourself up for a slow, and painful recovery if it gets infected.
Ingrown toenail surgery recovery can be fast, and it’s common to heal quickly, rather than a slow, painful recovery. Generally speaking, you should be able to go back to work even the day after the surgery if you allow your foot time to rest during the day of the surgery. It is uncommon to experience any major difficulty after surgery if you take the proper steps for care. Healing should happen very quickly if treated properly. This is a helpful list of what you can do on your own at home to avoid infection. If a toe becomes infected after toenail removal, contact your podiatrist immediately. A toe is infected if it’s swollen, red, and irritated.
The following are 5 things you can do at home to avoid infection and decrease the recovery time:
Moderate redness around the nail surgery site and yellow or clear drainage are normal. This will usually decrease each day. If it doesn’t seem to get better after 4-5 days, but the redness expands to other parts of the toe, swelling occurs, and drainage continues, you may have an infection. If this is the case, and you are still experiencing pain, please contact your podiatrist immediately. Dr. Goebel is highly experienced and will know exactly how to help your post-surgery pain.