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INGROWN TOENAIL SURGERY AKA PARTIAL NAIL AVULSION

WHAT IS A PARTIAL NAIL AVULSION?


Redness? Recurring infections? Think you have an ingrown toenail? There is a simple and straightforward procedure, performed by a podiatrist that can solve this problem.


A Partial Nail Avulsion is a procedure performed under local anaesthetic to remove the side portion of a toenail to reduce irritation to the skin. It is more commonly referred to as ‘Ingrown Toenail Surgery’.


In order to achieve this, a local anaesthetic is first required. The nail must then be detached from the nail bed underneath, and loosened where it attaches at the base of the growth plate. In years gone by, this would have required a visit to a surgeon and a trip to theatre. Nowadays it’s much less invasive. No stitches are required, and there is usually little bleeding and very few side effects. A chemical called phenol is applied to the nail matrix cells, in order to prevent this side of the nail ever growing back again.

An ingrown toenail can occur for many reasons including:

  • Incorrect or small fitting footwear

  • Improper trimming of the toenails

  • Trauma to nail

  • Repeated activity.

If conservative nail care has failed to keep you pain free, then a PNA may be the solution you need. Speak to your Podiatrist today for more information.