However, not all ingrown toenails require surgery. It’s best to book a consultation with your podiatrist first for them to assess whether it can be treated and managed conservatively before progressing to surgery.
There are many types of surgeries to treat onychocryptosis. These include:
- Wedge Resection
- Partial Nail Avulsion
- Total Nail Avulsion
- Rotational Flap
Surgery would be best considered if:
- You chronically get infections due to ingrown toenails
- Impacts your choice of footwear due to pain
- Conservative treatment has failed to control/maintain it
Our preferred procedure at Crows Nest Podiatry is a PNA with Chemical Matrixectomy under a local anaesthetic. Studies have shown that this method has a 94% success rate, with 4% non-ingrown regrowth of the nail and a 2% recurrence rate making it the most effective, and least invasive surgery option available.
Further benefits of a PNA are that it’s a quick procedure, only lasting 45-60 minutes. A normal nail is left after healing and hence, there is a quicker recovery time.