An ingrown toenail is a very common and extremely unpleasant problem presenting to our podiatry practice. They are caused when the nail is incurvated (turned in) and penetrates the skin. Although a relatively minor complaint they can be extremely painful and if left untreated can result in swelling, infection, and more serious problems. Athletes, kids, and the elderly often suffer from ingrown toenails and it makes up around 20 % of foot problems seen at our clinic. They are usually easily and painlessly treatable by a Podiatrist however some may require a small in-clinic procedure.


Ingrown toenail surgery is a safe and effective procedure for permanently addressing ingrown toenails. Podiatrists are the best placed medical professional to perform this procedure as they complete these procedures many times per week.


If there are signs of infection and considerable pain, a person should not delay seeking a Podiatrist as the infection could spread. Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat the infection but most often the nail needs to be removed before your body can heal and solve the infection itself.


People should seek immediate medical care for people with conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation.

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    What is Ingrown Toenail Surgery?


    Ingrown toenail surgery often called a wedge resection, partial/total nail avulsion is a procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic. The procedure treats ingrown toenails by removing the offending nail edge from where it is penetrating the skin. The nail is taken back to the base and removed, often a chemical called phenol is used to kill the nail bed in that area to permanent stop the ingrown toenail.

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    When is Ingrown Toenail Surgery Necessary

    Longstanding ingrown toenails that continue to re-occur

    Multiple Infections and severe pain

    Poor nail shape due to fungus, thickening or curvature

    Sports & Activities that increase the likelihood of re-occurrence

    Hereditary component to ingrown toenails

    Co-Morbidities like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease

    Ingrown toenail surgery carries some risks. An initial assessment to understand your presenting complaint and medical history is an important first step before undertaking such a procedure. We always advise seeking a standard consultation with our podiatry team beforehand to be assessed comprehensively.

    Ingrown Toenail Surgery Procedure Outline

    Ingrown Toenail Surgery Hobart

    An injection of local anaesthetic is administered into the toe

    The offending nail edge is cut out at the nail bed

    A chemical is placed in the nail bed to prevent regrowth

    The toe is cleaned and dressed with antiseptic to minimise infection

    There is a small wound present for around 3-4 weeks but the nail will now not grow into the region which solves the problem permanently. There are very few complications and success rates are very high. Podiatrists complete many of these procedures weekly and are highly trained to give you the best outcome.

    Meet Nick your  Hobart Podiatrist


    Nick is a Hobart Podiatrist based at Claremont Podiatry. First, he graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelors of Health Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practice. After that, our Claremont Podiatrist gained clinical experience across Australia and Internationally.


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    Claremont Podiatry Philosophy


    Certainly, we strive for the highest quality care and satisfaction for our patients. Therefore, we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our nail surgery procedures. This is because we are confident that you will get successful outcomes with our treatment options.