Temporary treatments involve the use of precision tools to carefully remove problematic pieces of toenail that may be contributing to the problem. Short term solutions are use to quickly reduce the pain, inflammation and possible infections.
Permanent solutions may be considered for recurrent ingrown nails of painful edges of nails. Shoes Feet Gear perform a neat procedure that involves the careful use of a local anaesthetic at the base of the toe to easily and completely block all feeling from the toe. This is the most comfortable and complete way to anaesthetise a toe.
Cream to numb the skin
EMLA cream contains local anaesthetic that can be applied to the skin prior to numb the skin prior to administering the local anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic injections are a very short lived and mildly painful, however EMLA cream is effective for any patient who is worried about feeling a needle. Our podiatrists use careful techniques to minimise the number of anaesthetic injections that are felt by the patient.
Local anaesthetic to completely numb the toe
Our podiatrists can perform a 'H-Block' to numb the second site that needs local anaesthetic so that the patient doesn't feel the second injection.
Once the second location is numb, the final local anesthetic is administered.
Testing to make sure the toe is completely numb
Removing and treating the problem nail edge
Specialised tools are used to remove the very small section of nail that is problematic and the root is treated with a chemical to prevent the nail ever regrowing.
When performed correctly, this is a permanent solution and our careful techniques don't involve cutting the skin, no need for stitches and results in a speedy recovery without any scars.