Ingrown Toenail Treatment & Removal

Ingrown Toenail Removal and Treatment


Ingrown nails occur when the edge of a nail either applies too much pressure or pierces the neighbouring skin. It is a painful condition and one of the most common issues we address as Podiatrists on a daily basis.

Nail surgery is a common procedure performed by Podiatrists to effectively treat an ingrown toenail. Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, affects the patient’s ability to wear shoes, or the ingrown nail begins to inhibit work, sport, or other activities.

Causes and Prevention of Ingrown Nails

Incorrect nail trimming, trauma (such as stubbing your toe), nails that naturally curve too sharply, or wearing ill-fitting footwear can all cause an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails are also more commonly seen in older people, who may no longer have the eyesight or flexibility to adequately care for toenails.

Suggestions on how to prevent an ingrown toenail include:

  • Trimming nails straight across rather than rounding off the edges
  • Seeing your myPod Podiatrist as early as possible if you suspect you have the beginnings of an ingrown nail to prevent infection or the nail becoming a major issue
  • Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes that don’t press on the toes
  • Cutting nails after showering (when nails are soft) to prevent chipping or cracking

Treatment for Ingrown Nails in Adelaide

At our MyPod Podiatry practice in Adelaide, our team can perform a simple and permanent procedure called ‘Partial Nail Avulsion’. This involves the removal of a small wedge of the toenail to prevent it from growing back.

This is usually the preferred option if an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, affects the patient’s ability to wear shoes, or if it begins to inhibit work, sport, or other activities.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Your MyPod Podiatrist will conduct an initial assessment, record your medical history, and ensure there is adequate blood supply to the feet. The ‘Partial Nail Avulsion’ (known as a PNA or nail root and matrix resection) is a pain-free procedure and is performed under a local anaesthetic in our clinic rooms.

The surgery takes no longer than one hour (depending on the specific procedure) and does not involve any cutting of the skin or stitches so you are able to walk immediately afterwards.


Do you have a suspected ingrown nail that requires treatment?


Get in touch with the myPod team. Our treatments are fast, pain-free, and will restore you back to full mobility in a matter of days.