WHAT ARE THEY?
Specifically, 'Ingrown Toenail' describes when the side of a nail (usually on the big toe), or a spike/splinter of it, breaks into the skin at the side of the nail.
The result is usually inflammation, pain (from mild to excruciating!) and often infection in the area. They can be hugely debilitating and recurring.
WHAT CAUSES THEM?
Lots of things - not cutting your nails properly, the particular shape of your toenails (and yes, this can run in families!), sports or even pressure from footwear.
They can occur at any age, and while antibiotics can help if infection is present, the offending piece of nail usually needs to be removed to fix things.
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I DON'T HAVE A WOUND - BUT IT STILL HURTS LIKE HELL!
You probably have an INVOLUTED nail then! This is when the sides of your toenail curl under and pinch the toe – and yes, they can be really painful. They can also, over time, lead to an ingrown toenail.
Pain can be worse when hard skin (callous) or corns build up underneath the sides of the nail, and they’re difficult to cut properly yourself
HOW DO YOU TREAT THEM?
The good new is we can very often treat acute, painful, ingrown or involuted toenails during a Routine Podiatry appointment, at no extra cost.
We'll discuss things you can do yourself to reduce the risk of recurrence, and in many cases, a regular Simply Nails appointment after your first visit will be enough to keep you pain free!
NAIL SURGERY TREATMENTS
If you're suffering from a severe, infected or recurring ingrown or involuted toenail, one of our Nail Surgery treatment packages may be required instead. Your Podiatrist will advise and assess your suitability for these during your routine appointment - and if you haven't visited us before, you should book in for a Routine Podiatry New Patient Appointment first of all.
NON-PERMANENT NAIL SURGERY
Removal of ingrown nail border/spike under local anaesthetic injection.
Includes anaesthesia, surgery, post-op dressings & self-care advice. Please note that this is not a permanent solution to recurrent ingrown toenails, and your problem may recur as the nail grows in again. Most patients can expect 2-3 months of relief.
Your Podiatrist will give specific advice on your issue and discuss future care plan options. This treatment is indicated also for patients who are at higher risk of infection - eg. diabetics or patients on immunosuppressant treatment - as healing time is quicker than with permanent nail surgery.
PERMANENT NAIL SURGERY
1.5 - 2 hours
£235 (1 Nail)
£385 (2 Nails in same procedure)
Permanent removal of partial or entire ingrown/problem nail. This is carried out under local anaesthetic injection, and a chemical is applied to the nail bed and nail matrix to prevent regrowth of the affected nail or nail border.
Package includes anaesthesia, surgery, post-op dressings, dressings pack and all necessary aftercare/re-dressing appointments and self-care advice. Number of aftercare appointments will depend on individual circumstances.
In most cases, only the border of the problem nail will need to be removed, and the cosmetic effect is minimal after healing.