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Ingrown Toenails

Don’t wait for that ingrown toenail to become infected and painful. There is a cure!

Ingrown Toenails

When a toenail is ingrown, it is curved and grows into the skin, usually at the nail border (the sides of the nail). This digging in of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling and warmth in the toe.

If an ingrown nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria may enter and cause an infection in the area, which is often marked by drainage and a foul odour. However, even if the toe is not painful, red, swollen or warm, a nail that curves downward into the skin can progress to an infection.


Heredity: In many people, the tendency for ingrown toenails is inherited.

Trauma: Sometimes an ingrown toenail is the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe, having an object fall on your toe or engaging in activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes, such as kicking or running.

Improper trimming: The most common cause of ingrown toenails is cutting your nails too short. This encourages the skin next to the nail to fold over the nail.

Improperly sized footwear: Ingrown toenails can result from wearing socks and shoes that are tight or short.

Nail conditions: Ingrown toenails can be caused by nail problems, such as fungal infections or losing a nail due to trauma.


PNA + Phenolisation Procedure: The initial approach to fix an ingrown toenail is a partial nail avulsion with phenolisation, and it works very well. It does not require going to the hospital and is performed under local anaesthetic. It is very affordable and reliable. After applying a local anaesthetic, Dr Kim removes part of the nail’s side border. Following the nail procedure, a light bandage will be applied. Most people experience very little pain after surgery and may resume normal activity the next day. This procedure provides excellent long-term results with only a slight risk of recurrence.

Winograd Procedure: The classic nail surgery that is usually indicated for ingrown toenail with hypergranulation (overgrown tissue) in the nailfold, or previously failed ingrown toenail surgery. This procedure involves removal of ingrown nail plate excision and nail matrix. The excellent results have been reported in the literature.


When to consider surgery?

Surgery is considered in patients who have not responded well to non-surgical treatments.

Both ingrown toenail procedures are usually carried out in our state-of-the-art procedure room, unless patients are needle phobic requiring general anaesthesia.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today for a consultation regarding your ingrown toenail.

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Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM UWA, DClinPod UWA

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Dr Kim has two offices one located in Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane. The other in Southport, Gold Coast.

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