Ingrowing Toenials and Partial Nail Avulsions (PNA)

Don't suffer from ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common complaint that can just be ‘niggly’ and progress into a nasty infection. An ingrown toenail can be caused by tight footwear, trauma or incorrect cutting.

South Coast Sports Podiatry team has years of experience providing ingrown toenail treatment to patients of all ages. We have the skill and the necessary equipment to deal with this matter in the most effective way, relieving you from the discomfort you are experiencing.

In some cases, the removal of the ingrown portion of the toenail is relatively painless and immediate relief is often experienced. Sometimes, however, due to the local inflammation, pain can still be present for 6-12 hours after. We’ve seen first-hand what can happen when this seemingly minor issue is neglected – unfortunately, more often than not, it only results in a much greater problem that is more painful and more difficult to treat.

We here at SCSP invite you to turn to us as soon as you notice an infected toenail so that we can administer proper treatment right away.

Early detection of ingrown toenails


Both men and women of all ages experience ingrown toenails. Most commonly, they occur among people who struggle with sweaty feet, curved nails, improper footwear, toenail injury, hygiene, genetics or in people who cut their toenails incorrectly.
Some of the early stage symptoms include:

  • Tender, swollen or hard skin around the nail
  • Pain when the pressure is applied to the area around the nail
  • Fluid buildup around the nail


In case you notice any of the above-listed issues, please contact us to schedule an appointment for an ingrown toenail treatment. Postponing the treatment may cause:

  • Redness and swelling
  • More severe pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Skin overgrowth around the toe (hypergranualtion)
Ingrown toenail

Why A podiatrist?

Podiatrists are university qualified practitioners who specialise in treating conditions involving the entire lower limb, and more specifically, the feet. We can help treat any of the following and more.

What You Get?

Top-quality treatment that is backed by the most recent research and state of the art equipment that is found nowhere else in the Illawarra and South Coast.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

If the ingrown toenail is chronic, recurring and you notice it is getting infected, we suggest a minor procedure to permanently remove the offending portion. This is called a partial nail avulsion and has so far proved to be quite effective.

A partial nail avulsion (PNA) is a minor procedure where a portion of the nail that is persistently growing in is removed and the nail bed is chemically cauterised (burnt) to stop it from growing back. For this, we rely on a safe-to-use chemical called phenol.
The procedure takes about 45-60 minutes and is done in our rooms at Shellharbour City Centre or Gerringong. We conduct it under a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort for our patients. The only slight irritation you will experience is the application of this local anaesthetic, after which the area will be numb and you will be able to relax until the end of the ingrown toenail treatment.

Click Here for PDF containing information about the procedure from the Royal College of General Practitioners and find out about the possible severity of this issue, precautions, and more.