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Toenail Surgery

Toenail Surgery at Feet By Pody

Ingrown or deformed toenails range from being merely uncomfortable to being painful and infected. Toenail problems are amongst the most common reasons for people seeking the assistance of a podiatrist, because they’re impossible to ignore and they can’t be resolved without professional help.

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 anaesthetic. 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.

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.

Click here for further information on toenail surgery with Feet By Pody.

CAN I EAT BEFORE THE PROCEDURE?

Yes, the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic 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 anaesthetic in your toe.

WILL IT BE PAINFUL?

Sometimes patients experience slight discomfort once the local anaesthetic 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 four modern, well-equipped clinics in London, where we use the latest stringent sterilisation procedures to ensure you receive the most hygienic foot care possible. We can also prescribe and supply antibiotics if necessary.

You can visit Feet By Pody at any of our clinics:

If you’re suffering from toenail pain, book an appointment with Feet By Pody today. Book Online or call 020 7099 6657 to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable health care professionals.

Clinic Canary Wharf E14

Clinic City London EC2

Clinic London Bridge SE1

Based on 87 reviews.
Steve B
Steve B
2022-02-08
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Very through and informative examination to find the cause of the problem and an action plan for correction. Friendly and professional. Very impressed.
PADDY DODD
PADDY DODD
2022-01-19
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Fantastic service and very pleasant inside. Reena is a brilliant podiatrist - she immediately spotted what was causing my pain on the soles of each foot. She patiently sorted it out with her instruments (no pain) and I walked out completely satisfied.
Marlon Hunte
Marlon Hunte
2021-11-08
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I came for the first time to feet by pody and Shaho really welcomed me in, made me feel comfortable and relaxed. He found the problem and explained the science behind where a corn comes. I would 100% recommend him to anyone with feet problems. I feel like a new man 5 star 👍👍👍
Luke Oates
Luke Oates
2021-11-01
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I cannot recommend Feet by Pody enough! They successfully treated and got rid of a longstanding and persistent verruca that I had had for >5 years. The cryotherapy treatment I had was painless and the prices for appointments/ treatments are very reasonable given the high level of care you receive. Huge thanks to Reena Patel who was the chiropodist I have been seeing most recently. She was super professional, efficient and clearly knows her stuff! Thank you again!
Paul Spencer
Paul Spencer
2021-10-13
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Very helpful, informative and kind service. Varsha laid out the treatment options, explained the procedure and aftercare fully, and above all was very kind throughout. Would highly recommend!
Daphne Tsang
Daphne Tsang
2021-08-27
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The treatment was smooth and effective. Varsha was really kind and patient despite my hearing issues. She was also very reassuring during the sessions. It was a relief to hear that my toes are looking a lot better during the assessment visit. I would definitely recommend her! Thank you again for the help 🙂
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
2021-08-16
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Exceptional care AND (very importantly) excellent aftercare! Basically I can say they were absolutely impeccable in their professionalism and care. I absolutely recommend them. I called on a Tuesday to ask for an emergency appointment. I received a call back immediately by the podiatrist (not an assistant). The podiatrist took great care with the prior history, and offered an urgent appointment on Wednesday. We decided to remove the nail. The surgery was painless, and the aftercare support brilliant. - I was given a What’sUp number to reach the podiatrist for any concerns. I sent her some photos and received immediate responses. I was very impressed, very impressed indeed. - The price included only one after-surgery appointment but they gave me two and did not flinch about it.
Travel Reviewer
Travel Reviewer
2021-08-12
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Always really good service. Professional. Clean. Great job. Highly recommend.
Tiger BJJ Team
Tiger BJJ Team
2021-06-24
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Highly recommend Reena is a lovely person always makes my visits enjoyable 9
Annabel
Annabel
2021-06-20
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Nicolas is personable, professional and most importantly, extremely good at bringing your feet back into tip top condition! I first saw him for an injured toenail 6 months ago and the difference in my feet now is amazing!