Surgical Podiatry – The most common problem that requires nail surgery is an ingrowing toenail. Poor nail cutting technique or awkwardly shaped or damaged nails is usually the cause of ingrowing toenails. These toenails frequently become infected and are often very painful. Doctors, foot health practitioners, or other podiatrists often refer patients to us for nail surgery.
At Medipod Clinics, we use local anaesthetic to carry out your nail procedure. The section of the nail that is digging in is cut away and a chemical is applied in the nail root to stop the nail from growing back. It usually takes less than an hour and we would ask you to return for re-dressing appointments. Healing usually takes place within 4-6 weeks. In most cases this will cure the problem and stop the nail in the painful area growing back.
ELECTROSURGERY OR NEEDLING FOR VERRUCAS
Electrosurgery involves the complete removal (excision) of verrucas on the sole of the foot. Needling involves using a very small, fine needle to pierce the verruca multiple times. This transfers a small viral content into the deeper tissue, where an immune response is stronger.
These procedures always performed under local anaesthetic. We would only make numb the affected area. You will be awake throughout the surgery. You will still be able to feel movement of your foot but you will not feel any pain. We also expect you to return for follow up appointments. The treated area on your foot tends to heal up in about 5-14 days depending on size of the verruca.
The procedure takes about 15 minutes however expect to be with us for 60 minutes. For more information please see our Verruca Treatments page.
*Electrosurgery is not suitable for extensive mosaic verrucas, but needling can be used on mosaic ones.*
*There is a possibility of scar formation with electrosurgery.*
*As a verruca is a virus there is always a small chance that the verrucas can recur*