Ingrown nails & Nail Surgery
When toenails have not been cut correctly or incorrect footwear has been worn, pressure causes the toenail to grow sideways instead of simply outwards. This is most commonly found with the big toe and pain is felt along the side of the toenail. Pain increases if the nail is left to continue to grow sideways. Your podiatrist will separate out the edge of the toenail to encourage normal forward growth and trim the nail professionally. In some cases, minor surgery will be recommended and your podiatrist will surgically remove part of or all of the nail. A chemical called Phenol is then applied to the nail bed to prevent the ingrown nail recurring. Our Podiatrists routinely perform nail resections with sterilized surgical equipment, and as a profession are the leading experts in performing this procedure.
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