If you have had a minor operation on your toenail and either part or all of the nail plate has been removed, please follow these instructions.


  1. Return home and keep your feet elevated at all times while resting.
  2. Leave the bandage on. Please keep it dry and clean.


  1. In the morning, remove the bandage.
  2. Soak the toe in warm water for 10 minutes (add 1 tsp. of Epsom salts to water or add 2 capfuls of Betadine Solution to water).
  3. Dry your whole foot and between all toes thoroughly after each soak.
  4. Then apply a small amount of Silvadene cream/antibiotic cream to this area.
  5. Cover with a 1” Band-Aid. (Make sure that only the gauze portion comes in contact with the area from which the nail was removed.)
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 again in the evening.

You will need to soak your foot twice a day and continue with this until you see the doctor at your next visit. They will give you further instructions at that time. Please note: showers and baths are not the same as soaking your foot.

You may expect the following:

  • There may be some bleeding through the dressing. This is no cause for alarm.
  • Some soreness may be present when the anesthesia wears off. Two aspirins or similar tablets will relieve the discomfort.
  • The toe will begin to drain slightly and will continue to do so for some time. This will stain the Band-Aid. The toe may appear to you to be infected, this is normal.
  • The area of the toe just behind the cuticle may turn red and swell slightly.
  • We will see you regularly until the area is healed.
  • Please feel free to call the office if any problem appears.