An ingrown nail is a bothersome, debilitating condition of the nail and the area around it. It almost always affects the big toe. Symptoms include pain, significant inflammation and sometimes infection of the area around the toe. Some people are more prone than others to the condition, which is often caused by poor nail plate care and the use of inappropriate footwear (with a narrow toe). Because of its strongly invalidating nature, it often becomes an actual surgical emergency. If symptoms persist even after a correct diagnosis and adequate local treatment (often performed by a podiatrist), an operation may be required to remove all or part of the nail (partial or total onychectomy) around which the skin and tissue became inflamed.
There are many surgical techniques which may be proposed, depending on the clinical picture, but all of them aim to clear the treated area, saving as much of the healthy surrounding tissue as possible. Healing takes about a week, during which time it is important to dress the site as indicated by your doctor. To avoid local recurrence, it is very important to ensure proper, regular hygiene and care of the nail, perhaps with the aid of a podiatrist.
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Dr. Leonardo Rossati
Doctor Rossati specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery. He graduated from Verona University and completed his specialization at the University and in the hospital of the city. Part of his training took place at the University of Bordeaux and Utrecht, and he has worked as a clinician in both Mexico and Brazil. He worked as a plastic surgery consultant for the ULSS 9 Scaligera local health authority, and at the Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery Unit in the San Francesco Hospital in Verona. He works with and in a number of non-hospital clinics in the Veneto, Trentino and Lombardy regions, dealing with aesthetic medicine and surgery.