Ingrowing toenail removal

If it’s not treated, an ingrowing toenail may become infected. To prevent this you should; wash your feet regularly to keep the area clean, change socks frequently, wear properly fitting shoes, and cut your nails correctly.

All General Surgery

Common questions

What is ingrowing toenail removal?

An ingrowing toenail ranges in severity from a moderately curved nail which presses into the fold of flesh at the side of the toe, to a nail which has grown forward and pierced the flesh, causing scar tissue to build up. In this case, infection often occurs.

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are three surgical treatment options:

  • Removal of the toenail (also called total nail avulsion)
  • Wedge excision
  • Zadek’s procedure
Why would I have an ingrowing toenail removed?

If it’s not treated, an ingrowing toenail may become infected. If your ingrowing toenail doesn't improve over time, then surgery may be required to treat it.

What should I expect after ingrowing toenail removal?

You may have some pain or discomfort after the operation which we’ll help you manage with painkillers. We’ll tell you how to care for your wound and, if you’ve had non-dissolvable stitches, we’ll make an appointment for you to have them removed. You may need to take some time off work.

Having surgery for an ingrowing toenail means that patients should be relieved of any long-term pain associated with the condition.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.