Foot with onycholysis on a toenail after damaging it with tight shoes. Medic removes the big toe nail.

Permanent Toenail Removal Treatments


An ingrown toenail is a painful condition that occurs when the toenail grows into the skin at the side of the toe. This can cause pain, redness, swelling, and infection. Permanent toenail removal is a surgical procedure that can be used to treat ingrown toenails.


There are two main types of permanent toenail removal:

  • Partial nail avulsion: This procedure involves removing the entire nail or a portion of the nail.
  • Matrixectomy: This procedure involves destroying the nail matrix, which is the part of the nail bed that produces new nail growth.


The risks of permanent toenail removal include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nail deformity
  • Nail growth


The benefits of permanent toenail removal include:

  • Permanent relief from pain and discomfort
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Improved appearance of the toe

Recovery time:

Recovery time from permanent toenail removal varies depending on the type of procedure performed. Partial nail avulsion usually takes 1-2 weeks to heal, while matrixectomy can take up to 6 weeks to heal.

If you are considering permanent toenail removal, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure.