Ingrown Toe Nail Management

Ingrown Toe Nail Management


Surgical procedures are commonly performed by podiatrists to treat recurrent nail problems such as ingrown nail. An ingrown toenail is a nail that has pierced (or is pressing against) the adjacent skin causing pain and inflammation and sometimes infection.
Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, the sufferer is unable to wear shoes or the condition inhibits work, sporting or other activities.


One of the most common nail procedures is partial nail avulsion. The procedure is usually performed in podiatrists rooms and the patient is able to walk immediately afterwards.
Performing a Nail Avulsion by  trimming the nail

What does a partial nail avulsion involve? ?

The procedure itself is generally performed under local anaesthetic via injection into the toe to numb the area. The anaesthetic will most often wear off in about two hours.

Once numb a tight elastic ring called a tourniquet is applied to the toe to control bleeding and the area is prepared to minimize the risk of infection.

The portion of the nail to be removed is then gently lifted and resected generally without the toe being cut or stitched. Both sides of the entire nail may be removed this way. A chemical is used to assist in preventing nail re-growth.

Once the procedure is completed, the tourniquet is removed and a sterile surgical dressing is applied. The patient is able to walk immediately afterwards,however assistance getting home is strongly recommended.

how your toenail olooks aftyer a Nail Avulsion



 What happens after the procedure?

Re-dressings at home and few consultations with your podiatrist may be required following the procedure

Minimal pain relief medication is required – you can discuss this with your podiatrist.



 What are the potential complications??

All nail procedures have been associated with a slight chance of recurrence.
Infection while the wound is healing can be an issue. Your podiatrist can advise you and manage these and other complications that may occur.

All surgical procedures have some risk of complication; however this procedure is associated with a low risk of complications. Again you should discuss this with your podiatrist


How your Podiatrist can help?

post operative dressing on a big toe after a nail avulsion

 Regular visits to your podiatrist can manage and prevent ingrown toenails, alleviate pain, and help keep you on your feet and mobile!








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