How to remove ingrown toenails. Podiatrist at The Edinburgh Clinic, Mr Alastair Dall, explains.

How to remove ingrown toenails. Podiatrist at The Edinburgh Clinic, Mr Alastair Dall, explains.

Ingrowing toenails are painful, unsightly and can prevent you from getting on with day to day life.
At The Edinburgh Clinic we have patients coming to us who have put up with ingrowing toenails for weeks, months or even years. They’ve been through multiple courses of antibiotics but have actually never tackled the cause of the problem!

Ingrowing toenails can be caused by a deformity or thickening of your nail. Alternatively, an excessively wide nail plate, trauma or poor cutting can also result in this problem.

But here’s the truth
Ingrowing toenails are a really common problem that can be safely, quickly and (almost) painlessly removed permanently with our simple nail surgery procedure, allowing you to walk pain-free, wear the shoes you want to wear and take part in the activities that you love.
This minor surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic. You’ll be made comfortable in our state-of-the-art clinic, and the whole thing is over and done with from start to finish in around 15-20 minutes.

So what’s the process?
First the anaesthetic jag. Once it has taken effect (and we check this thoroughly), the affected section of nail will be removed. Then we apply a chemical that stops the nail re-growing.  Where possible we only remove a small part of the nail. This means that when it has healed it looks as normal as possible.  Once the offending piece of nail has been successfully removed, a protective dressing will be applied and the operation is complete.

Are there any risks?
Yes, like any procedure, there are some risks. Complications are very rare and every care is taken to minimise them. These can include regrowth of the nail, infection and mild post-operative pain.
Generally speaking, our patients report very little discomfort after the operation or during the healing period.

Where there is discomfort, this can be controlled by the painkillers that you’d use if you had a headache. Before proceeding with the operation, your Podiatrist will fully explain the benefits and potential risks and complications with you.
If you are curious as to what the process actually looks like, please watch the following video of one of our recent nail surgeries.  

Nail surgery at The Edinburgh Clinic is available to insured and self-pay patients and treatments start at £295. If you have an ingrowing toenail and would like to arrange a consultation call 0131 447 2340 or book an appointment via our website

Date: 05/09/2018
By: Mr Alastair Dall