The podiatrist will cut a portion of the ingrown nail to reduce pain and speed up curing the infection
. A permanent solution may require minor surgery.
In such instances, under local anaesthesia, your podiatrist removes a small sliver of the nail, generally the portion which is curved into the flesh, frequently on the large toenail.
Subsequently acid will be used to kill the root cells thus preventing the re-growth of the removed portion while preserving the aesthetics of the nail. Such minor surgery takes place in the clinic and lasts about thirty minutes.