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Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Ingrown toenail surgery offers permanent relief from painful and infected ingrown toenails. This quick, effective, and minimally invasive procedure is performed in our clinic using local anaesthetic, ensuring a pain-free experience.

What is Toenail Surgery

Toenail surgery might seem daunting, but at Foot Foundation, we utilise minimally invasive techniques to deliver permanent solutions for ingrown toenails. We recommend surgery when conservative treatments fail to relieve severe pain or infection.

Our podiatrists typically perform a partial nail avulsion (PNA), removing only the ingrown section of the nail under local anaesthetic.

What Does Ingrown Toenail Surgery Involve?

Ingrown toenail surgery is a pain-free procedure performed under local anaesthetic. It usually takes 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity.

Procedure Steps:

  1. Removal of Ingrown Nail: A small sliver of the toenail causing pain is removed. You may only feel some pressure during this step.

  2. Chemical Application: A chemical is applied to destroy the nail matrix (nail-growing cells), preventing regrowth and future pain. Rarely, cells may regenerate.

  3. Antiseptic and Dressing: An antiseptic is applied, and the toe is dressed with medical-grade materials. You will receive a dressing kit with re-dressing instructions.

You can go home immediately after the procedure without needing time off work or school. Moonboots or wound care shoes are not required.

Post-Surgery Follow-Up:

A follow-up appointment is scheduled within 7 days to ensure proper healing. Regular check-ups will monitor progress and address any complications.

Recovery Time:

Recovery from toenail surgery can take between two weeks to two months, influenced by:

  • Severity of the ingrown toenail

  • Quality of blood flow to the toes

  • Post-operative care

  • Presence of infection

Contact us to find out if ingrown toenail surgery is right for you.