Partial Nail Avulsions (PNA)

How to prevent Ingrown toenails

An ingrown nail is a common and often easily treatable issue that occurs in people of all ages. To prevent this from happening in the first place, we always advise our patients to do the following three things:

  • Trim your nails straight across, and not at the corners, especially if you have sharp edges. Do not cut them too short and round, as this may cause them to grow wide and into the skin.
  • Keep the toenails clean and dry by washing them regularly with soap and water or warm saline, and always pat them dry with a clean towel.
  • Inspect them daily, no matter how good you take care of them. This way you will be able to notice early signs of ingrown nails and treat the issue before it gets infected.

However, sometimes even despite your best efforts, the nail might still grow into your skin, in which case you are advised to turn to a podiatrist. Here at South Coast Sports Podiatry, we conduct a detailed exam to determine whether you are a candidate for a partial nail avulsion treatment.

What is a partial nail avulsion treatment?

A partial nail avulsion treatment is recommended for patients who need to remove an ingrown nail. It involves the use of a caustic chemical to destroy the nail matrix and thus relieve you of ingrown nail symptoms and minimise the chances of this issue occurring again in the future.

Prior to the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic to minimise or prevent the discomfort, which will last between 1 to 2 hours. Once the anaesthetic starts to wear off, you may experience mild pain which is why we recommend having the night of the procedure off your feet.

A partial nail avulsion treatment is recommended for patients who need to remove an ingrown nail. It involves the use of a caustic chemical to destroy the nail matrix and thus relieve you of ingrown nail symptoms and minimise the chances of this issue occurring again in the future.

Prior to the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic to minimise or prevent the discomfort, which will last between 1 to 2 hours. Once the anaesthetic starts to wear off, you may experience mild pain which is why we recommend having the night of the procedure off your feet.

Ingrown toenail

When should I undergo partial nail avulsion

Whether you are a candidate for a partial nail avulsion depends on the severity of the issue. Ingrown nails are classified into three categories – Stage I (Mild), Stage II (Moderate) and Stage III (Severe). The earlier you turn to a professional, the greater the chances are that the treatment will go by smoothly and with minimal pain involved.

Partial nail avulsion treatment entails the use of a local anaesthetic, however, if the toe gets seriously infected, it is possible to still experience some discomfort during the procedure. For this reason, we recommend scheduling an appointment while the ingrown nail is still in the early stages. This means contacting us as soon as you notice a sudden increase in pain, redness, and swelling in that area, or the toe gets hot to the touch.

Early detection of ingrown toenails

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.

Get in touch

Ingrown nails are easily manageable when patients report to us early on, so don’t hesitate any longer. Call us on the phone or send us an email and we will schedule an appointment at our clinic as soon as possible to examine your nail and determine the best course of action.