Ingrown Toenails can affect any nail but commonly the first toenail is affected. They are usually very painful and lead to secondary infections. Whilst sometimes they can be treated conservatively in most cases they will eventually come to needing to be removed surgically. There are many ways to do this and many myths about it. Fundamentally this should be a pain relieving operation which makes you feel better straight away. I usually perform a small operation called a nail wedge resection with phenol ablation . This normally results in quick pain relief and according to the literature in 98% of cases, no re-occurrence. All surgery must be thought through and discussed fully before being undertaken. There are many causes and I will discuss with you the options of treatment and how best to avoid another problem starting.
Discoloured and Thickening Toenails
Thickened nails can be unsightly and painful, the appearance of our toenails can change for a number of reasons. Trauma, infection, illness, chemicals and medication can all affect the appearance of our toenails. Where a fungal infection is involved the toenail can be treated with a topical lacquer or tablet to eradicate the infection. Thickened nails can be managed by reducing the toenail to a normal level, or if very problematic can be removed totally. As with all treatment the key is to get an accurate diagnosis before treatment is started, I will assess your nails and advise on the best course of treatment.