Ingrown toenails (Onychocryptosis) are commonly seen by podiatrists and may affect people of any age. They can be very painful and if not treated quickly, often result in infection. An ingrown toenail is described as a nail that has pierced (or presses against) the skin usually causing inflammation and pain.
During the procedure a small section of the toenail is removed from the troublesome edge and a chemical called phenol is applied to the nail bed to prevent regrowth of that section of the nail. Prior to any surgery your podiatrist will conduct a thorough assessment of your general health, which will involve questions about your current and past medical history (including medications).
Your podiatrist at Hills District Podiatry will consider a number of factors before deciding if nail surgery is suitable for you.
After the local anaesthetic you can’t drive home. You’ll need to have someone with you.
It’s not necessary but some people find that bringing their iPod to play music, a book or something to help distract you during the surgery can help, especially for those with a fear of needles.
The podiatrists at Hills District Podiatry are experts at managing and preventing ingrown toenails. If you suffer from ingrown toenails and want pain relief please contact us for an appointment.