Footfriend - Nail Surgery

For ingrowing toenails & other painful nail problems, trust the experts at Footfriend.

The symptoms

Pain, redness, inflammation, swelling and sometimes pus, can be found at either or both sides of the affected nail(s). The symptoms can usually be found at the tip end of the toe but can extend along the full length of the nail. It can be so painful that it makes wearing closed toed shoes impossible.

Typical causes

Typical causes of an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) are incorrect nail cutting, narrow-toed footwear; which pushes the skin at the edge of the toe hard against the toenail, trauma; which could be a single incident like dropping a brick on your toe, or repeated trauma such as kicking a football. It can even in some circumstances occur spontaneously due to no fault of your own. Your toenail shape might be excessively curved at the sides which leads to you being predisposed to this painful condition.

Types of treatment available

1. Early Professional Treatment.

If you seek attention for your ingrown toenail immediately when it occurs, often a podiatrist can alleviate this problem straight away. If left too long this may not be possible and ingrown toenail surgery will be the only treatment option.

2. Nail Surgery for Ingrown Toenails.

When your ingrown toenail is too painful or has gone beyond the early professional treatment stage, nail surgery will be needed to “fix” your toe. This is performed in the surgery using a local anaesthetic, very similar to that used by dentists. Once your toe is anaesthetised we can perform the procedure necessary to solve your ingrown toenail problem. This procedure is completely painless.

Patient Stories

I have been a client at Footfriend for a number of years and have always found Damian and his staff to be so warm and welcoming. More recently I had to undergo a procedure to remove my in grown toe nails which was filling me with dread. I had heard horror stories about the operation from other people and expected to be in considerable pain. To my surprise I had virtually no pain at all afterwards – just some slight discomfort and that was attributable to the skill and care that Damian exercised when doing the operation. Throughout the whole procedure Damian reassured me and explained each step which allowed me to relax and stop worrying. Damian and his staff have always made me feel as though I am their most important patient and I am sure that most of their clients must feel the same. I have recommended Damian to my friends and family because anyone who is a patient of his will be in very safe and capable hands.

Ashlie Prescott, Beverley

Recently I have had treatment at Footfriend, Beverley for an ingrowing toenail. Footfriend was suggested to me by a relative of mine, and I am delighted with the care that I received. Previously, I had suffered with pain and generalised discomfort for many years and now it looks and feels fantastic. I have nothing but praise for Mr Damian Johns and Mrs Victoria Holtby, who treated me kindly and respectfully at all times.

Dr Philip Buckley
Consultant Anaesthetist

How we can help


  • We can often provide immediate relief with professional treatment in clinic.
  • We do need to see your problem face to face in order to provide this treatment.
  • If the problem has progressed too far, we will assess you for nail surgery which is a common procedure available in our clinic at your initial consultation.
  • We will arrange your nail surgery appointment as soon as possible.
  • Prompt action is needed to solve this problem to minimise infection risk.

Please Note:

Antibiotics cannot remove a piece of nail piercing your skin. However, they may be needed if there is infection present. 

You can still receive treatment whilst on antibiotics.

To receive our help with this problem please book an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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“I have been a client with Damian for a number of years. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and visit every eight weeks, Damian takes very good care of my feet, and keeps me up to date with information on the care of my feet, including ill fitting shoes. I would recommend him to all of my friends.”

K. Johnson, Hull

“My feet always feel smooth as silk after visiting Footfriend”

Mrs Hatfield of Leconfield

“Very experienced. Will definitely be going back.”

Diane Ayre

“Toes all fine! Thank for a first class job.”

Mr.Hazell of Shiptonthorpe

“That feels lovely, it’s like walking on air.”

Mrs Cooper of South Cave

“I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years . During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class . As I get older , I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.”

John Bullock, Beverley

“Since childhood I have suffered from foot problems and have been to several chiropodists with varying degrees of success. When my last chiropodist retired he recommended Damian Johns in Beverley. My wife and I have now been patients of Damian for over 10 years and we are very pleased with him. His practice provides a wide range of foot care including excellent footwear, foot supports and referrals for further specialized foot treatment. The reception staff are very welcoming and are able to offer appointments to suit patients lifestyle. I would recommend anyone with foot concerns to consult Damian for help and advice.”

B. Precious, Cottingham

“Can I just thank you & Vicky for being so nice today at my Mother's appointment. She was 'over the moon' with the service she received & even went shopping in Beverley & bought some new shoes! Thanks again, we will be back.”

Trudy Sinclair

“Damian and Vicky are fantastic and sorted out my very painful foot. I've used their services for quite some time and they never disappoint. The ladies at Reception are fab too and we always have a laugh. Highly recommended.”

Maria Bertocco

“I just wanted to say thank you for the competent and friendly treatment I received on Thursday last week. My feet haven't felt so comfortable in ages and the squidgy thing for between my toes is really very comfortable and will hopefully keep the corns at bay. It shouldn't be a surprise but it's amazing how much happier I feel with less painful and uncomfortable feet! Thanks once again.”

Gill Morrell, Skidby

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