An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin.
The big toe is often affected, either on one or both sides. The nail curls and pierces the skin which becomes red, tender and swollen.
Other possible symptoms include:
- pain if pressure is placed on the toe
- inflammation of the skin at the end of the toe
- a build-up of fluid (oedema) in the area surrounding the toe
- an overgrowth of skin around the affected toe (hypertrophy)
- white or yellow pus coming from the affected area
Nail surgery is not always required, we always try noninvasive conservative options first.
Your medical history is first discussed to judge suitability. You will be asked to bring a list of current medication. A course of antibiotics may be prescribed if your toe is badly infected.
A Podiatrist is fully qualified to administer Local Anaesthetic. This makes the procedure painless.
A partial nail avulsion (PNA) or full nail avulsion (FNA) is carried out. Normally a PNA is all that is required. This procedure preserves the majority of the nail and only removes the ingrown section. A chemical is placed on the nail bed that prevents the ingrown nail reoccurring.
After the procedure, you are dressed with an antiseptic dressing to prevent infection. You will be advised on aftercare and a review appointment to redress the toe.