The Walking Clinic, PC  


Ingrown Toenail
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot problems treated at The Walking Clinic. Dr. Sol has corrected ingrown nails on patients from infants to seniors.
The Problem

All the antibiotics, hydrogen peroxide, Outgrow®, epsom salt soaks or Neosporin® in the world will not fix this problem permanently. The problem with an ingrown nail is the nail itself. The nail plate doesn't belong in the subcutaneus tissue and it causes a foreign body reaction. The pain, redness, swelling and drainage are from your body's defense system.

The procedure of choice is the P & A (phenol-alcohol) procedure. This procedure is usually performed in the office under local anesthesia. After numbing the toe, the ingrown border of the nail is removed and the root is cauterized to prevent the border from regrowing. This is a permanent correction in >95% of the cases. For most patients, this procedure can be performed on the same day as your initial evaluation if requested.
The Procedure
After the procedure you can expect your toe to remain numb for several hours. So few patients report discomfort that pain medications are not routinely prescribed although they are available upon request. You can expect to participate in all of your activities immediately after the procedure as restrictions are not routinely necessary. Ten days of follow-up care are included in the global fee and most patients are discharged after 10-14 days.
Dr. Sol is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
Call us at (719)635-7700 with your questions about your ingrown toenail