Since Graduating in 1996 I have undertaken over 2500 ingrown toenail removal procedures.
Ingrowing nails can be caused by ill-fitting footwear, trauma, collapsed arches or it is genetic. There are many other reasons why it has become ingrown.
The most common reason I am seeing at present, during lock-downs, is because people are working from home and not wearing footwear. When you are not wearing shoes the feet have no support and the arch collapses slightly or fully. This causes the skin at the side of the toe to be pushed around the side and is forced in to the toe.
Another common reason for an ingrown toenail is the nail is just too big. The nail is too wide for the toe. So, we can remove the sides of the nail, apply a chemical so they do not grow back, then you will have a thinner nail. The nail will stay thinner permanently and look much better.
Not all ingrowing nails need surgery and this will be discussed with you at the foot clinic. You can also send me a picture beforehand.
The surgical procedure requires a local anaesthetic to numb the toe and the side of the nail removed, not the whole nail. (see picture below). A chemical will then be applied to ensure the nail does not re-grow so you will never have another ingrown nail there again.
We do sometimes remove the whole toenail if necessary if for instance you have a fungal nail that needs removing.
You can be pain free in less than 30 minutes. If you need surgery do not drive yourself home from the podiatry clinic in Northampton. You can bring along someone else to sit in with you and drive.
Ingrowing Toenail Treatment is permanent, it will not return if you give us a ring now?