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 usually a small operation called a nail wedge resection with phenol ablation is performed. This results in quick pain relief and in 98% of cases, no re-occurrence, but all surgery must be thought through and discussed fully before being undertaken. There are many causes and Mr Livingstone will discuss with you the options of treatment and how best to avoid another problem starting.
Discoloured and Thickening Toenails
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. Mr Livingstone will assess your nails and advise on the best course of treatment.