In-growing toenails are painful and troublesome. They are characterised by a spike of nail that becomes embedded in the skin at the side of the nail, causing redness, painful swelling, bleeding and sometimes even infection. There are two surgical options for the permanent removal of an In-grown Toenail.
Permanent Removal of In-growing Toenail (Partial Nail Avulsion):
This procedure is recommended for painful ingrown toenails. The nail spike is completely removed from the skin and the side of the nail, to leave a neat edge that is cosmetically pleasing. A chemical is then applied to the nail bed to prevent any re-growth of the nail in that area which prevents the spike from re-developing. A large protective dressing will be placed on the toe, to be left on and kept dry for 2-3 days.
Permanent removal of the whole toenail (Total Nail Avulsion):
This procedure is often recommended for thick, painful, discoloured, damaged, fungal or unsightly nails. The toenail is completely removed and the same chemical is applied to the nail bed to prevent re-growth of the entire nail so it cannot re-grow and then become ingrown in future. A large protective dressing is then applied to the toe, which must be left on and kept dry for 2-3 days.
Post Treatment Care
Following either of the above surgical options, the foot would need to be rested for the remainder of the day and it is advised to avoid driving while your foot is still feeling the effects of the anaesthetic. After a healing period of 2-3 days, subsequent salt water soaks would also be required as well as redressing the toe for a period of 4-6 weeks. All dressings and post-operative visits are included in the full price of the surgery.
Price for Partial or Total Nail Avulsion
1 Toe £250
2 Toes (on the same person) £400
If additional toes require treatment, the Podiatrist will discuss the cost during the consultation.