There are many causes of ingrown toenails many of which can be treated gently without surgery via simple ingrown toe nail treatments. However, when conservative methods of treating the nail fail (see ingrown toenails), surgery may be required. When required, our Podiatrists can perform a simple and permanent procedure that removes a small wedge of the nail and prevents it from growing back.
Most podiatrist's prefer to do a simple nail edge avulsion and matrix sterylisation with phenol. This is an in office procedure which is usually carried out in less than 30 minutes and is performed under a local anesthetic. After the ingrown nail is removed, the growth plate (matrix) is destroyed using phenol, a chemical designed to stop the nail growing back. This procedure does not involve any cutting of skin or stitches, and recovery time is very short. In most cases it is a fairly pain free experience with people able to resume normal activity within a few days.
If you have any concerns about your ingrown toenails, please contact us at one of our practice locations on 8364 0112
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