Nail Surgery

Surgical toenail removal (also known as avulsion of the nail plate) is a common method of treatment for a variety of conditions, including “ram’s horn nails” (onychogryphosis),  ingrown toenails, trauma to the nail or fungal nail infections.

How is it performed? Permanent partial ir full removal.


Toenail removal may be partial or complete and is carried out under local anaesthetic in the clinic by our Podiatrists. A chemical called phenol is applied to the affected area to prevent the partial or full nail from growing back. A pre-operative assessment is carried out to determine the best option and your ability to heal after the surgery. You will require regular dressings for approximately two weeks.  Overall healing time can take four to six weeks dependent on your foot health.

Fungal nail removal – allows the nail to grow back clear of infection.

We will remove the entire nail under local anaesthetic, clean up the nail bed free of fungal spores, use and use a medicament to treat the infection. You will then be self-treating at home with regular contacts via e-mail for a few weeks until the nail bed is clear of infection, allowing clear regrowth of a new nail. To proceed with this process, you need to ensure that you have no skin infection. Your podiatrist what advise you.

Why is it important?

This is a simple and effective procedure and especially important when you have a serious medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes to prevent ongoing infection.

We diagnose and treat a range of foot problems by assessing the cause of the problem and not only treating the symptoms.