Recurrent ingrown toenails can be a painful and frustrating ailment. In cases where the sides of our nails have started to curl, cutting it short can only provide so much relief. It is cases like these where podiatry intervention can help.
The most common procedure for permanently removing an ingrown toenail is a partial nail wedge removal with phenolisation. This first involves numbing the toe with a local anaesthetic, injected into the base of the toe. The side of the nail is then removed through to its base and phenol (a type of acid) is used to burn away the tissue, preventing regrowth.
This procedure involves relatively little pain once the toe has been anaesthetised and offers a short healing time before the patient can wear shoes. It can take up to 10 weeks to fully heal, but will be pain free from the outset. If you would like to discuss care options for an ingrown toenail book an appointment with one of our podiatrists and they will be able to assess your suitability for the procedure.