Ingrown toenails are the most common toenail problem. They may be caused by improperly trimmed toenails, very curved edges of nails, shoe pressure or repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities. They may also be inherited.
Most cases will require conservative treatment, while others may need a minor surgical correction which can be conducted in the podiatrist’s rooms using a local anaesthetic.
One of the most common nail procedures is partial nail avulsion generally performed under local anaesthetic via injection into the toe to numb the area, which usually wears off in about 2 hours. The offending piece of nail is gently lifted and resected without any cutting or stitching to the skin. Both sides, or the entire nail may be removed this way. A chemical is used to assist in preventing nail regrowth. Once the procedure is completed, the patient is able to walk immediately afterwards although they may require some assistance getting home.
Regular visits to your podiatrist can manage and prevent ingrown toenails, alleviate pain, and help keep you on your feet and mobile.