Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. The result is pain, redness, swelling and, sometimes, an infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe. They can affect people at any age. It can be caused from tight fitting footwear, poor nail care, nail trauma and a certain nail shapes.
If you suffer with chronic ingrown toenails a podiatrist can remove them for you conservatively and permanently. We can do it with the use of local anaesthetic or without. Conservative treatment involves removing the impacted nail spike and smoothing the nail edge off. This is a quick, often painless and effective solution. A more permanent solution is partial or total nail avulsion. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic and involves removing a single side, both sides and the whole nail and cauterising the nail matrix so the nail doesn’t regrow. This is generally done when conservative nails treatment fails
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