How Can Nail Surgery Help With My Ingrown Toe Nail?

Ingrowing toenails can be extremely painful and sometimes the part of the toenail that is digging in may need to be removed to prevent the condition worsening. Partial or total removal of the nail under local anaesthetic is a highly successful technique which has been our treatment of choice at Active Podiatry for many years to treat all different types of painful nail conditions.

Before the procedure

Before the procedure, a full assessment will be carried out at a convenient time to ensure it is safe to be performed. This will also be an opportunity to discuss at length the procedure. Our aim is to ensure you are fully informed and happy as to what is to be done. We will not carry out the procedure if there are any concerns which we cannot address satisfactorily.

podiatrist administering a local anaesthetic

During the procedure

There are 3 stages to the operation:

  1. You will be given an injection of local anaesthetic which will make your toe numb
  2. Once the toe is numb, the podiatrist will remove all or part of the nail and will use a chemical to destroy the exposed nail bed. This ensures that the removed section of the nail will not grow back making it a permanent fix.
  3. A dressing will then be applied to the toe and you will be able to walk normally, although you are strongly advised not to drive whilst the toe is numb.

Will it be painful afterwards?

There may be some discomfort after the anaesthetic wears off, but in most cases this can be relieved with your usual pain killers.

Dressings and follow-ups

You will need to return to have the dressing changed within a few days of the procedure being carried out. The dressing will need to be changed on a regular basis and we will discuss with you the best arrangements to ensure your toe receives appropriate care until it is healed and you are back to pain free activity.

A runner jumping in a grassy field

Ensuring your safety

All surgical procedures are carried out at our specialised nail surgery facility near Goudhurst. Our treatment rooms are fully equipped to the highest standards with modern and up to date instrument cleaning and sterilising facilities. All operative procedures are carried out using sterile, single-use disposable instruments to ensure a safe and clean environment.

As a further aid to safety and clinical efficiency, a qualified medical assistant is also present to assist during the surgery.

We have years of experience and many satisfied clients who have benefited from our nail surgery. You can be assured of professional service and a rapid resolution of your painful ingrown toenail problem.


Do not delay in getting your ingrown toe nail sorted out. We are here and ready to help so get booked in now!



  1. David Sneddon on June 15, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Looking to go hiking/hill walking. How long after nail surgery would this be possible?
    Is there a waiting list for appointments?
    What is the approximate cost?

    • Tim on June 16, 2021 at 7:38 am

      Hi David,

      It is probably a good idea to wait until the toe is fully healed. I would usually suggest a minimum of 2 weeks but it varies. The fee for nail surgery is £450 for one toe which includes the proecedure with a nurse present, post op dressing packs and all follow up appointments. Let me know if you need any further information.

      Kind regards,


      • Tim on June 16, 2021 at 7:41 am

        Further to my reply, we look to get most patients booked in for their surgery within a week of the pre op appointment whenever possible. During very busy times it may be a 2 week wait but no longer.


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