Nail Surgery

At Hurst Podiatry, we offer nail surgery services to relieve you of painful conditions and infections that may be affecting your toenails. Our nail surgery services are available to people of all ages at our clinics in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark.

If you’re experiencing pain, injuries, discomfort or any issues with your feet and/or lower limbs in Melbourne, book an appointment to see us now.

Nail Surgery and Podiatrists

Surgery is commonly performed on toenails by podiatrists when more conservative treatment options have not been successful in resolving conditions that may be affecting your feet’s nails – most commonly, ingrown toenails.

Podiatrists principally perform two types of surgical procedures – a partial nail evulsion or a total nail avulsion.

Partial Nail Avulsion

This involves the permanent removal of a small portion from the side of the nail. It is performed under local anaesthetic. The affected toe will be injected to make it go numb.  Once numb, we will apply a tourniquet to limit the blood flow to the toe while we work.

We carefully remove the portion of the nail that is causing the ingrown nail or infection. We then use an acid called phenol on the bed of the nail to stop the removed portion of the nail from growing back.

Total Nail Avulsion

This surgical procedure involves the permanent removal of the whole nail and is also performed under local anaesthetic. The process is almost identical to the partial nail avulsion, except for the amount of nail that is removed. This procedure is performed over a partial avulsion if the nail is seen to be too damaged to get a good outcome from a partial nail avulsion.

What is nail surgery used to treat?

As we touched on above, surgery on your nails is usually a treatment option we use when other more conservative treatment options have not been successful.

Surgery is most often performed due to ingrown toenails, though they may ne performed for various other nail pathologies, including fungal nails.

Why Choose Hurst Podiatry for Nail Surgery?

At Hurst Podiatry we pride ourselves in our knowledge and expertise in the field of podiatry, including our understanding of surgical procedures and your nails.

We believe in understanding your unique situation and finding the best treatment option for you, and if nail surgery is the right treatment option for you, we will ensure that you understand what this will involve and are comfortable with this treatment option.

We approach your foot and lower leg health holistically and like to ensure that we’re providing you with the best and most effective care to suit you and your condition.

We’re also here to answer any questions you have because we want all of our clients, including those who are having surgery on their nails in Melbourne, to achieve the best results possible.

If you need help with your feet in the East Melbourne suburbs, schedule an appointment at Hurst Podiatry today.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of recovery process should I expect after having surgery on my toenail?

    The healing process after a nail surgery tends to be quite quick, with little to no pain being felt around a week after the procedure.

    The wound also requires very minimal dressing, making it easy to care for.

    Usually, within a month, you will be fully recovered from your nail surgery.

  • What will the nail look like after?

    In most cases, you won’t even be able to tell the procedure was done.

    We try and remove as little nail as possible. We want to ensure that there are no future ingrown toenails, but if we can avoid removing the whole nail we will.

    After the procedure the wound will heal from the bottom up and the gap left from the absent nail will just be filled in by skin leaving a normal looking nail.

  • How soon can I play sport after surgery on my nail?

    This is dependent on the type of sport you play and how quickly you heal from the surgery.

    In most case the answer would be within a couple of weeks, though if you play high contact sports or those that involve kicking, you might need to wait a little longer. We will advise you based on the extent of your condition and how well you’ve healed.

  • Are there other options besides nail surgery?

    Absolutely, surgery is definitely not always required, and often ingrown toenails can be managed in other ways.

    We have a blog you can read that explains the full range of options available to treat ingrown toenails, which in most cases, we will opt for one of those treatments over performing surgery. Read more about ingrown nails here.

  • How much will nail surgery cost?

    Surgery with Hurst Podiatry costs $350 for the procedure if we are doing one side of a toenail. We charge $80 for each additional edge.

    These prices include the procedure, your post op dressings, and a review consultation to check your recovery is on track.

  • Do I need a referral to come to Hurst Podiatry?

    No, a referral is not required to book in to see us here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We’re available to patients of all ages, whether you’ve experienced an injury, you need help taking care of your feet, or you’re experiencing discomfort in your lower limbs, because everyone is welcome here at Hurst Podiatry.

    We have 5 clinic locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including in Healesville, Croydon, Kilsyth, and Mooroolbark.

    Book today by calling us on (03) 5901 2216 or booking online here.