Ingrown Toenails or Onychocryptosis is a really painful condition that occurs when the side of your nail pierces through the skin surrounding the nail (sulcus). It starts to swell and often times becomes infected resulting in a sharp, throbbing pain. Severe cases are painful to the slightest touch of a bed sheet while milder cases hurt inside shoes only. Treatment is often via “bathroom surgery” with the patient using nail clippers, scissors, tweezers and the more adventurous ones using pins and pliers. Unsuccessful attempts are then followed up on by the pedicurists who may unknowingly make it worse by introducing an infection.
The good news is that it can be cured. A 35 minute procedure called a partial nail avulsion with matrix phenolisation can bring an end to it all. The procedure involves removing the damaged part of the root (matrix) so that it never grows back again. That results in a beautifully reshaped nail that is about 3mm narrower in width than before. Have a look at the video below to see the main part of a procedure that has been perfected over decades by podiatrists worldwide.