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Surgical Fungal Toenail Removal

Dealing with stubborn fungal toenails? Surgical toenail removal might be the solution. This procedure is typically done in a podiatrist's office under local anesthesia to ensure comfort. The toenail removal process involves loosening the skin around the toenail and removing either the entire nail or just the affected portion, depending on the severity of the infection. To prevent regrowth and future fungal toenail infections, the nail matrix can be destroyed using a chemical solution after removal. Post-surgery, proper wound care includes gentle washing with clean water and avoiding harsh substances like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. Healing usually takes a few weeks, with toenails growing back within a year to 18 months. Surgical toenail removal is reserved for cases where a significant portion of the nail is diseased or causing severe pain. If fungal toenails are impacting your life, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to explore treatment options, including surgical intervention if necessary. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Boca Raton Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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