An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The big toe is most often affected, either on one or both sides. The nail curls and pierces the skin, which then becomes red, swollen and tender.
If you feel your nail is causing you enough of a problem to require something to be done there are a number of options available for surgery which are:
- Partial Nail Avulsion where we remove a part of the nail to relieve the pressure or,
- Total Nail Avulsion where the entire nail is removed.
In each case it is possible to ablate the nail bed to prevent regrowth of the nail (or a proportion of the nail) or leave the nail to grow back normally but rely on conservative measures to prevent recurrence of the ingrown nail. As with all treatments TAC offer, the important thing is to tailor the treatment to each individual’s needs and expectations.
After surgery, your toe will be wrapped in a sterile bandage. This will stop any bleeding and prevent infection. After 48 hours the padded dressing can be reduced to a lighter dressing. You will need to rest your foot and keep it raised for one to two days after the operation.