What Is An Ingrowing Toenail?
An ingrowing toenail is where a piece of nail pierces the flesh of the toe.
It can feel as if you have a splinter, be extremely painful and inflamed or infected.
In more severe cases, it can cause pus and bleeding.
Ingrowing toenails most commonly affect the big toenail, but can affect the other toes too.
One of the most common causes is not cutting your toenails properly.
There are two different treatment options in regards to ingrowing toenail problems.
Both are surgical in nature and both are performed under a local anaesthetic.
Option 1: Partial Nail Avulsion
A partial nail avulsion (PNA) is where part of the nail is removed (including the root), leaving a permanently narrower nail.
Option 2: Total Nail Avulsion
In some cases a total nail avulsion (TNA) may be required.
This is where the entire nail plate and root are removed.
This option has success rate of over 95% of preventing re-occurrence of the issue.
You will need to return, post-surgery, for a number of re-dressings and check-ups.