Therapy Services

Ingrown toenails treatment

Ingrown toenails can be treated using a special technique known as partial nail removal with phenolisation to prevent the nail re-growing.

This is performed using local anaesthetic (an injection at the base of the toe) to allow the treatment to be free of pain. In some cases the whole nail is removed and the nail bed is destroyed so skin forms instead of nail.

Whilst this procedure is normally successful some complications may arise. These are: 

  • Re-growth of nail which may or may not require further surgery
  • Prolonged healing may result with pain due to a reaction to the phenol
  • Some of the chemicals used may be harmful - for example phenol.
  • Infection due to bacteria may cause redness and pain requiring antibiotics from your GP. In severe cases you may need to have antibiotics in hospital. 

Rare medical emergencies such as anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, to local anaesthetic or deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot) could lead to possible death.

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  • You need to rest completely the day of the operation and drivers should not drive until the next day.
  • Please bring some sandals or open footwear and arrange for someone to accompany you home.
  • You will be provided with an advice leaflet (Advice following Nail Surgery) following the procedure

The podiatrist will help you with any questions you may have about your proposed procedure.

Ingrown toenail diagram

More information

For further information, problems or questions, please contact:

Podiatric Surgery
Geoffrey Rhodes Centre
Algernon Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 282 3334

Leaflet to download

You can download the information on this page as a PDF leaflet.pdf

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