Ingrowing toe nails are usually very painful and can often become infected and more problematic without treatment. Sometimes these problems can be solved through regular Podiatry appointments, however in chronic cases further action may be needed.
Nail surgery is a minor operation performed under local anaesthetic to remove part or the whole of a problematic and, or painful nail. We often do not have to take a whole nail away, just the section that is causing pain, we then apply a chemical called Phenol in attempt to stop the problematic section of nail growing back. Most patients can attend work or school the following day but will be asked to refrain from sports, swimming and tight footwear until the toe is healed.
Full recovery can usually take between 6 to 8 weeks, during that time we monitor the healing and assist you with a dressing regime. All details will be discussed with you during your consultation, please contact the practice for further information.