Ingrown Toenail Surgery

What are Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails are common, often painful and can result in inflammation, infection and swollen hyper granulation tissue. Ingrown toenails can develop due to nail shape, cutting technique, infection or trauma to the nail. In many cases the problem can be recurring so professional toenail treatment is essential.

The highly qualified team at The Foot and Ankle Clinic provide relief of painful ingrown toenails either with routine treatment or a simple corrective surgical procedure.

Either option can be performed on a walk-in-walk-out basis with minimal disruption to day-to-day life.

Ingrown Toenail Surgery – “A Walk in Walk Out Service”

A simple Nail Surgery is indicated when conservative management fails. It is used for long term management for ingrowing toenails and often needed in cases where abnormally curved, thickened, damaged or fungal infected nails are a problem. It involves removing part of or the whole nail plate along the matrix. Once the matrix is removed the offending nail portion will not grow back again.

In some cases where nails are thick, discoloured or just plain rotten, having them removed is a simple and effective long term treatment option. Having a damaged or infected nail plate removed all together can often be an effective way of encouraging a new, healthy nail to regrow afterwards.

inflamed ingrown toenails

The surgical procedure is very straightforward and very successful if and when performed by someone experienced and specially trained. Most people are pleasantly surprised at how simple and easy the procedure is, as well as how little post-operative pain they experience. Our team is equipped and will often go out of their way to provide the convenience of a same-day procedure so you can be on the road to recovery and free from infection as soon as possible. The procedure itself typically take between 30-45 minutes and in some cases can be covered by Private Health Insurance, TAC, Workcover, DVA or NDIS.

It is a good idea to arrange transport or have someone drive you home after the procedure.

before and after treatment of ingrown toenail

Painless treatment for ingrown toenails

The procedure itself is painless due to the administration of a local anaesthetic and no stitches are required. Once the nail and matrix is removed a chemical is applied to ensure regrowth of the nail does not occur. (This chemical also helps to ensure pain following this procedure is minimal). In some cases people can even go back to normal shoes and weightbearing activity as soon as the day later.

At the Foot and Ankle Clinic our highly qualified team of Podiatrists are all members of the Australian Podiatry Association and offer a combined 50 years’ experience. They are trained to diagnose and effectively treat ingrown toenails via a range of treatments.

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