1. the art, practice, or work of treating diseases,
injuries, or deformitiesby manual or operative
2. the branch of medicine concerned with such
3. treatment, as an operation, performed by a
Nail surgery is a common procedure performed by most podiatrists to effectively treat an ingrown toenail -a nail that has pierced (or is pressing against) the adjacent skin of the toe causing pain and inflammation and sometimes infection.
Surgery may be required when an ingrown toenail repeatedly gets infected, is continually painful, the patient is unable to wear shoes or the condition inhibits work, sporting or other activities.
Before surgery is recommended, your podiatrist will explore other conservative treatment options.