At Melbourne Podiatrist the effective ingrown toenail treatment options available to you include having your toenails professionally trimmed and cared for at regular intervals or you can have the offending section of nail permanently removed during a simple surgical procedure. You can either visit a podiatrist every few months to have your toe nails trimmed correctly, or you can opt for a more permanent solution to your problem, corrective nail surgery.
Corrective Nail Surgery
Nail surgery is a minor surgical procedure which our podiatrists perform regularly under local anaesthesia in our consulting rooms. Nail surgery becomes necessary when an ingrown toenail causes your toe to repeatedly become infected, is continually painful and it is painful to wear shoes.
A partial nail avulsion, known as a PNA, is a procedure which aims to permanently correct the tendency for a toenail to ingrow. This procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic via an injection into the toe. It takes approximately one hour. Our podiatrist will remove the offending nail spike, reshape your toenail to avoid future problems and destroy the base of the offending area of nail. After your procedure a thick surgical dressing will be applied. You will be able to walk afterwards but we do recommend that you have someone drive you home. Our podiatrist will explain the post operative care of your toe including re-dressing for the next 4 to 6 weeks.
The objective of nail surgery is to permanently remove the portion of nail that is cutting into the surrounding soft tissue of your toe so that the offending section of nail does not regrow. The specific nature of the surgery will depend on the severity of the ingrown toenail. All aspects of the surgery will be explained to you by our podiatrist. Regular podiatry visits can help to manage and prevent ingrown toenails.
If you would like more information on how to treat ingrown toenails in Melbourne, please contact our Brunswick or our Sandringham Foot Clinics for more information.