The nail is a complex structural and functional unit in the foot. The nail consists of the plate; bed; matrix; proximal, lateral, and distal grooves; proximal and lateral folds; and hyponychium. Aside from being aesthetically appealing, the healthy nail unit has the important function of protecting the distal phalanges, fingertips, and surrounding soft tissues from external injury, as well as enhancing precise delicate movements of the distal digits through the mechanistic action of counterpressure exerted over the volar skin and pulp.
Performing successful nail surgery requires a comprehensive understanding of nail anatomy and physiology. An understanding of both the vascular and neural pathways supplying the nail complex and the functions and relationship of each component of the nail unit is also essential.
Kensington Podiatry provides nail surgery completed by qualified podiatrist experienced in nail surgery.
Conditions We Treat
We are able to treat the following conditions with nail surgery:
- Ingrown Toe nail (Onychocryptosis) – a shard of nail growing into the skin
- Paronychia – an acute inflammation of the nail fold
- Nail trauma – injuries of the nail unit
Nail Surgery Procedures
- Podiatrist Alaa Razak is registered with the HCPC and Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrist to complete nail surgery.
- Your nail surgery will be completed under local anaesthetic
- Several surgical procedures are available depending on the severity of your condition. They range from removal of a portion of your ingrown toenail (Partial Nail Avulsion) to removal of your entire toenail including the growth matrix of the nail (Total Nail Avulsion). With some procedures, your nail will grow back, with others, it may not.