The short answer is YES! You can walk straight after nail surgery. Nail surgery is a great, curative option for an ingrowing toenail that recurs time and time again.
How soon can I walk after toenail removal?
How long does it take to heal? Everyone is different but on average it takes four to six weeks to heal if part of the nail is removed and 10 to 12 weeks if the whole nail is removed. During this time you will be able to walk and carry on your life as normal although you should avoid sporting activities or dancing.
How long after toenail removal can I wear shoes?
You should wear loose-fitting shoes or sneakers for the first 2 weeks after the procedure. Please avoid wearing high-heeled or tight-fitting shoes in the future. You should avoid running, jumping, or strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the surgery.
Does it hurt to walk after toenail removal?
However, the minor surgery to remove an ingrown toenail is mostly painless, and if you follow the doctor’s aftercare instructions, your toe should heal with little discomfort. Most patients resume normal activity without restrictions within a few days.
Is it painful to have a toenail removed?
The procedure involves removal of either all of, or part of the painful toenail. The nail bed is then destroyed to prevent unwanted painful regrowth. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic so patients do not feel any pain during the surgery.
Do you need crutches after toenail removal?
After the Surgery
Your doctor may advise you to use crutches for several days. If this is the case, they will request crutches for you that you can use as you leave. If you had surgery on your hand, you will need to keep it from dangling during your time in recovery and for the remainder of the day as well.
Can you drive after toenail removal?
Driving after ingrown toenail surgery is highly risky and should be avoided. Anesthetic isn’t going to wear out immediately after the procedure and this can hinder your driving ability. In the first couple of days, you should restrict unnecessary physical activity as much as possible.
What to do after removing a toenail?
To promote healing after toenail removal, we generally recommend that you:
- Wash around the wound with water twice daily, as directed.
- Keep the toe covered with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment, as recommended, and a nonstick bandage during the first week.
Will I need time off work after toenail removal?
If that happens, a repeat procedure is usually done. Patients that are involved in walking, running, or athletic activity can typically return to activity within 2-3 days for removal of infected toenail and 5-7 days for a permanent nail procedure with chemical application.
Do toenails grow back if removed?
Taking good care of your wound at home will help it heal quickly and reduce your chance of infection. The wound should heal within a few weeks. If completely removed, fingernails may take 6 months to grow back. Toenails may take 12 to 18 months to grow back.
How much does it cost to have a toenail removed?
On MDsave, the cost of an Ingrown Toenail Removal (in office) ranges from $233 to $269. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can save when they buy their procedure upfront through MDsave. Read more about how MDsave works.
What happens if you have a toenail removed?
Removing the whole nail makes it more likely that the nail will grow back misshapen or deformed, which can increase the risk of future ingrown toenails. It can take up to 18 months for the nail to regrow fully. This procedure is also called complete nail plate avulsion.
When should you remove a toenail?
Surgical nail removal is usually performed only when a large portion of the nail is diseased and damaged or if your nails are very painful. In some cases, only the diseased portion is removed, not the entire nail.
Does removing a toenail cure fungus?
Nail removal makes it possible to apply an antifungal cream directly to the infected area, increasing the likelihood that the infection can be cured. This procedure offers a good chance of cure for severe nail infections.