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General Category => The Knowledge => Health & Fitness => Topic started by: andyoxon on July 23, 2019, 09:12:39 am

Title: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: andyoxon on July 23, 2019, 09:12:39 am
mini ao, has had problems with an ongoing ingrowing toenail, but it's now significantly worse and now on antibiotics (from GP).  The earliest she can get an initial consultation NHS podiatrist appmt is later Sept, so it looks like she will have to have a procedure privately (£££) at a podiatrist.  As I understand it they (and NHS) do a local, then take a strip of nail off right down (avulsion), and partially sterilise the nail bed.  Does anyone know about this?  Had it done?
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2019, 10:54:58 am
Never had it done.
Done it lots.

Your understanding is correct.

Local anaesthetic can be pretty sore but toe should be well numbed thereafter.
The side of the nail is removed and the growing part of the nail bed at the side is treated with acid to prevent regrowth of the offending side of the nail.

Has anyone tried cauterising the side of the nail with silver nitrate?

Wish mini well.
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: pcolbeck on July 23, 2019, 11:02:18 am
I have had both my big toes done like this as a teenager after nothing else worked. Wasn't too traumatic and I have never had any issues since. Wishing mini AO a swift recovery.
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: bludger on July 23, 2019, 11:18:37 am
I've had it done twice on the same toe. The first time it was done privately because the pain was hell and the NHS wait was too long. After 2 years it happened again, and I got the NHS in London to operate much faster. It's been good since.

The secret is to have it done and then quit your white collar job and become a messenger cyclist/student so you never wear stuffy 'smart' shoes ever again except rare occasions. I recommend it!
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: Kim on July 23, 2019, 12:00:06 pm
My ex had it done.  It was fairly minging at the time, but seems to have been effective.
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: hellymedic on July 23, 2019, 12:31:13 pm
My previous cleaning lady's son had it done by a podiatrist in London a few years back.

ISTR she paid £180.
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: JulesP on July 23, 2019, 12:31:57 pm
Had one side of a big toe done (as you describe) 25 years ago and it's not bothered me since. Toe was bandaged for a while, as I recall, but I don't remember it being particularly painful – unlike when an AA man dropped a tool chest on that toe shortly before I had the procedure...
Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: andyoxon on July 23, 2019, 08:50:26 pm
Thanks all. 

Hopefully it will fix the issue.   Costing £400+   :(  (includes a few revisits for redressing etc )   At the place she's been before.  Toe is too much of a mess to wait for the NHS, unfortunately.  miniao back up North to uni in Sept too.  Probably should have got a referral from the GP after the first episode of podiatrist trimming the nail back.

Title: Re: Ingrowing toenail
Post by: CrazyEnglishTriathlete on July 24, 2019, 11:12:36 pm
I had it done, left toe on NHS in 1979, right toe in Australia in 1982,  CET Junior has just had his done this week on NHS, his week wasn't as long, but it does mean waiting rooms for hell for the several times he will need to dressing changed until its fully healed.   I had a similar experience with podiatrists trying various techniques to trim bits back, which were about as effective as King Canute holding back the tide.

I've not had any problems, although the Aussies didn't to a good job and the nail grew back not at full strength which has left it susceptible to nail fungus. 

Took up running again aged 47 and managed half marathon distance 70 times on them, so no long term issues even with the nail that grew back.

Mini AO will be up and running soon.