Nail Surgery

Toenail surgery or a partial nail avulsion (PNA) is a common procedure performed at SOLE THERAPY to effectively and safely treat an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is a nail that has pierced (or is pressing) against the adjacent skin of the toe. They can become painful, red, hot, swollen and sometimes infected. If the ingrown nail is recurrent or extremely painful and unable to be treated with conservative measure then this procedure is recommended.

A Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) with phenolisation, is a small surgical procedure that provides a permanent solution to ingrown toenails. It is recommended when an ingrown toenail is unable to be treated conservatively, (i.e. recurrent, extremely painful or infected). The procedure is completed in the clinic and patients are able to walk immediately after!

Your Sole Therapy podiatrist will take a complete medical history, including a list of medications you have been prescribed. All other clinical factors will be considered to determine if you are suitable for the surgery. A pre-surgery assessment will generally also include an examination of blood supply to the foot. 

The procedure is completed under a local anaesthetic making the surgery pain free. Once the toe is numb, a tight elastic ring called a tourniquet is applied to control bleeding. The offending piece of nail is removed from the root without the skin being cut or stitched and the nail base (matrix) is sterilised to prevent regrowth.

Once the surgery is complete the tourniquet is removed and a sterile dressing is used to cover the toe. Your Sole Therapy podiatrist will educate you on post-surgery care for the toe.

The procedure is extremely successful. Our clinic has been designed to promote a calming environment and our friendly podiatrists and reception staff will ensure you are comfortable every step of the way.

Please call us on 02 9583 1138 for an appointment today.