At Feet By Pody, we try a range of chiropody treatments to resolve your toenail problems, but sometimes the only solution is toenail removal surgery with local anesthetic. This procedure provides permanent relief, and our foot specialists manage the entire process in a hygienic medical environment.
Why you might need Toenail Surgery
The most common problem requiring minor toenail surgery is an ingrowing toenail, where the side of your nail cuts into the surrounding skin. Mostly affecting the big toe, the skin can become inflamed and infected which can be very painful.
If this is the first time, you experience an issue with this nail and your condition is not too severe, a podiatrist can try to help the nail by offering a conservative approach to the ingrown toenail. Unfortunately, if it has been left untreated, got infected, or is too embedded in the skin and/or keeps recurring, toenail surgery might be your solution.
There are many different causes for ingrown toenails, including poor nail cutting technique, narrow fitting shoes, or injury. Sometimes it’s simply a case of genetics if you have nails with naturally curved edges.
Other situations requiring toenail surgery are fungal nail infections or thickened toenails that press on your nail bed causing painful corns to form under the nail.
Toenail Surgery Procedure
Many people mistakenly believe toenail surgery is a complicated procedure requiring a hospital visit. However, this is often not the case. It’s a fairly routine procedure that our expert team of podiatrists can perform at any of our London clinics.
We perform two types of surgery: a partial nail avulsion, where we remove one or both sides of the affected nail, or a total nail avulsion, where the entire nail is removed.
The area will be numbed throughout the procedure using local anaesthetic that blocks the nerve endings, so you don’t feel any pain. Once the nail has been removed we use a chemical to destroy the cells, preventing regrowth.
We dress the nail so you can go home, and arrange for follow-up appointments to check that it’s healing properly.
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Can I Eat before the Procedure?
Yes, the procedure is carried out under local anesthetic so you can eat as normal beforehand.
Do I need to wear anything special for Surgery?
We recommend you wear loose-fitting or open-toed shoes on the day of your surgery.
Can I drive after Toenail Surgery?
No, you should arrange for somebody to drive you home. Your motor insurance could be compromised by having a local anesthetic in your toe.
Will it be Painful?
Sometimes patients experience slight discomfort once the local anesthetic has worn off. If so, we advise taking a painkiller such as paracetamol for up to two days afterwards.
Will the nail grow back?
We treat the area with a chemical, phenol, to destroy the cells, preventing regrowth. There is a less than a 10% chance of the problem nail growing back.
What are the Aftercare Procedures?
Once home, we recommend that you rest and keep your foot elevated for a few hours. You can return to work or school the following day, although we advise you refrain from sporting activity for up to three weeks.
Keep your toe dry until your follow-up appointment a few days later, where we will show you how to dress your toe, which you’ll need to do on a daily basis for a few weeks. We’ll have a final review approximately four weeks after surgery.
Why Choose Feet By Pody?
At Feet By Pody, our foot specialists have many years’ experience in toenail removal surgery, and we understand that some people are anxious about the procedure. We only carry out surgery once all other options have been exhausted, and we’ll fully explain the procedure and do our utmost to make you feel at ease throughout.
We operate from six modern, well-equipped clinics in London, where we use the latest stringent sterilization procedures to ensure you receive the most hygienic foot care possible. We can also prescribe and supply antibiotics if necessary.
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