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If you have an ingrowing nail, we can help.

Efficient. Effective. Affordable. Painless (almost...)

A photo of Jeremy Ousey, the podiatrist owner of Keep On Your Feet and a nail surgery specialist.

Your Podiatrist: Jeremy Ousey

Jeremy is a podiatrist who recently moved from London to Swansea. Having trained with podiatric surgeons and worked in operating theatres, treating ingrowing toenails is a simple and straight forward procedure for him. 

He will take on both the simple and high risk cases but you can rest assured that he will give you the same service he would expect a member of his family to receive. 

Nail Surgery FAQs

  • The toe is anaesthetised with two injections - one in each side of the toe. 

    Once the toe has been confirmed to be numb, a small band is applied around the toe, meaning that the blood supply is temporarily stopped and so that surgery can be performed quickly and effectively. 

    The affected edge of the nail is removed, or the whole nail, if that is what was decided would be done, and then the nail bed where which has been exposed is killed off - if it was decided that that bit of nail should not grow back. 

    We then apply a non-stick, anti-bacterial dressing to the toe and wrap it up in lots of soft gauze.   

    1. You can normally remove the dressing from the toe the next day or up to 5 days later (follow your podiatrist's instructions)

    2. You can shower as normal from this point, but...

    3. Until it is healed, you will also need to:

      1. bathe your foot in warm salt water for 5 minutes, at least once a day

      2. apply an antiseptic treatment to the toe after the foot bath, if told to do so

      3. put a plaster on over the toe, I recommend these ones...

      4. Keep the toe clean and dry, unless you are getting it wet for cleaning

  • This process usually takes anywhere from:

    • 10 days (if no chemical is applied)

    • to 4-6 weeks (if the chemical is applied).

    These time scales may be longer if you get an infection or any other complications, or if you smoke.

  • Common

    • Pain

    • Bruising

    • Bleeding 

    • Swelling of the digit

    Infrequent

    • Infection 

      • Usually mild​

      • Rarely severe

    • The nail regrows despite application of chemical (5% risk)

    • The nail becomes deformed, or the non-operated edge starts to grow in

    Very rare

    • Blood clots (rare)

      • Deep Vein Thrombosis​

      • Pulmonary Embolism

    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)​

    • Other nerve injury from the local anaesthesia may continue to cause trouble (very rare)

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This is a picture of Jeremy Ousey, director and podiatrist of Keep On Your Feet.

About the Author

Jeremy Ousey is the owner at Swansea's podiatry clinic: Keep On Your Feet. All the information found on this page was written by him (there's no AI or Chat-GPT here!), and has been carefully chosen to provide you with the information that you need to know about the condition. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry, with honours, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Podiatric Sports Medicine, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound, and two Master's of Science degrees in the Theory of Podiatric Surgery, and Sports & Exercise Medicine. If you would like to know more about Jeremy, please click here.

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