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Advantages of Nail Surgery:

  • Reduction of pain and discomfort caused by the removed nail tissue.
  • 87% chance that the nail problem will not reoccur in the same place.
  • Significant reduction in existing infection and any future infections.
  • A greater choice in footwear.




Nail Surgery

At some time in our lives most of us will suffer from sore, ingrowing nails.  This can be a very painful condition leading to significant local infection. If left untreated they can seriously affect our activity levels. If you follow the advice below you may be able to avoid getting an ingrowing toenail.

For persistent problems Nail Surgery is often the best solution.

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin.

The nail curls and pierces the skin, which becomes red, swollen and tender. The toe can also feel painful when pressure is placed on it.

The big toe is most likely to be affected, either on one or on both sides.

The medical name for an ingrown toenail is onychocryptosis.
Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can cause the toe to become infected.

What causes ingrown toenails?

There are several possible causes of an ingrown toenail, including:

  • incorrectly cut toenails
  • tight-fitting shoes, socks or tights
  • excessive sweating or poor foot hygiene
  • injury
  • nail infections
  • natural shape of the toenail

Who gets ingrown toenails?

  • Ingrown toenails can affect both men and women. They are more common in teenagers and older people.
  • During the teenage years, the feet tend to sweat more. This can cause the skin around the toenail to soften and split, resulting in an ingrown toenail. In addition, teenagers can often incorrectly cut their nails or pick at them, leaving a spike of nail.
  • Older people also sometimes get ingrown toenails because with age the nails get thicker. This can make them more difficult to cut and more likely to put pressure on the skin around the nail.

Treating ingrown toenails

There are several things you can do yourself to treat mild ingrown toenails and prevent them from getting worse, including:

  • practise good foot hygiene by taking care of your feet and washing them regularly using soap and water
  • trim the nail straight across to help prevent it continuing to dig into the surrounding skin
  • gently push the skin away from the nail using a cotton bud (this may be easier after using a small amount of olive oil to soften the skin)
  • wear comfortable shoes that are not too tight and provide space around your toes
  • painkillers, such as paracetamol, can be used to help relieve any pain (children under the age of 16 should not take aspirin)

Surgery may be recommended in cases where an ingrown toenail is more severe. This may involve either removing a section of the affected toenail or removing the whole nail.

Nail Surgery

Nail Surgery is performed on a patient to relieve the symptoms caused by ingrown or misshapen nails.  Part or all of the nail is removed under local anaesthetic. The patient is awake throughout the procedure but cannot feel any pain.

At the Marston Foot Clinic the procedure is carried out by on of our HCPC registered chiropodist/podiatrist qualified to use local anaesthetic and carry out nail surgery. Patients are fully examined at their first appointment.  They will be assessed for suitability for surgery and given plenty of time to ask questions and discuss alternative options to surgery. Once they have decided to go ahea with surgery they are given their choice of appointment times.

The Marston Foot Clinic offers brand new purpose built facilities designed with professional treatment and patient care in mind. It is the only clinic in the Frome area offering these facilities.

Post Surgery care

Once the surgery site has been carefully dressed, the patient is cleared to go home.  It is strongly recommended that transport arrangements are made that do not involve the patient driving themselves.

Full information will be given on post surgery self care instructions.

Three days post surgery the patient will be called back for a check up.  At this appointment the toe will be checked for any infection and the patients is given ongoing self care advice.

It usually takes up to 6 weeks for a complete recovery but patients usually find that they can resume normal activities 24 hours after surgery.

The patient can contact the surgery at any point within surgery hours to ask questions or remind themselves of advice that has been given.

If you have any questions at all about treatment or your feet, please call us on: 07855 810526

We look forward to talking to you soon.

Services we offer:
  • Nail care, Skin care
  • Nail surgery
  • General foot care
  • Treatment of verruca
  • Athletes foot
  • Skin and nail conditions
  • Removal of corns
  • Management of dry skin
  • Removal of Callus’s
  • Nail removal under anaesthetic
  • Managing dry/sweaty feet

Many more conditions can be treated than listed above. if your feet are causing you discomfort, then call us for impartial and free advice: 07855 810526

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