An ingrown toenail is a common problem that occurs when the nail grows into the toe - it can become very painful and can cause infection if left untreated.

Should you consider nail surgery?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge or corner of the nail grows down and cuts into the skin, leading to the toe becoming: painful when walking, red, swollen, tender and possibly infected if left untreated. The big toe is most commonly affected, either on one or both sides.

At The Chiropody Clinic, our team of expert podiatrists are happy to discuss which course of treatment will be most effective for you, including:

Conservative Treatment

  • No use of local anaesthetic

  • Regular treatment of the affected toenail(s) using specialist podiatry equipment

  • Can be painful, time-consuming and expensive to keep the toe/s comfortable

Local Anaesthetic Treatment

  • Injection of local anaesthetic into the affected toe (some patients state that it feels like a sharp scratch)

  • The podiatrist will be able to remove any nail spike once local anaesthetic has been injected; you will be able to feel pressure but no pain

  • Not guaranteed to prevent recurrence of the ingrown toenail

Nail Surgery

  • Partial or total nail avulsion (removal) using local anaesthetic

  • Once the nail is removed, phenol is applied to prevent nail regrowth

  • All nail surgery appointments are up to 1 hour and it is advisable to bring someone with you to help you get home. Healing time is typically 6 to 8 weeks, which will depend on: how well the wound is maintained, activity level post nail surgery and compliance with post nail surgery advice