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Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Simple in-office same-day procedure!
Chattanooga, TN.

Board-Certified Podiatrist Dr Andrew Alward DPM.


What's Involved?

Board-certified podiatrist Dr Andrew Alward performs a simple procedure in the office at the time of your visit which permanently removes ingrown toenails forever!

  1. Your medical history will be reviewed to see if you're a candidate for this procedure.

  2. Next the toe is numbed with an easy, non-invasive anesthetic technique. You're not put to sleep for this.

  3. The procedure begins, and only the corner of the toenail is removed.

  4. Next a chemical called phenol is used in the corner of your nail to permanently remove the nail border.

  5. The toe is bandaged, and you're provided everything you need to care for your toe's recovery. No pain pills required.

  6. Recovery is easy which requires only a bandaid and a topical medicine we provide to you.

  7. You follow-up in 7-10 days.

Fast & Convenient

You can get this taken care of quickly! We are typically available to see you same-day, or within a few days. Please call if its same day, otherwise you can schedule online.

We do not accept insurances. Pricing is $500, and includes follow-up visit and medication. We accept cash, credit & debit cards, Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and CareCredit.


How long does it take to recover from ingrown toenail surgery?

If the permanent procedure is performed typically this is a 2 week process in normal healing conditions. Certain situations can extend healing such as smoking, poor blood flow, poor wound care, being over-active, and if there is an infection.

How painful is the surgery?

The actual procedure is painless once the toe is numbed with a local anesthetic which is injected into the base of the toe, called a "digital block." We take our digital blocks very slow and so patients feel little discomfort with this approach.

Is it worth having this surgery?

In most cases yes. The reason is because likely if you're reading this it isn't the first time you have had this problem, and if it the first time, the probability it will return is very high. For unknown reasons this problem almost always re-occur if not permanently delt with.

How long do you have to stay off your feet after ingrown toenail surgery?

Zero. However, the toe will be sore after the procedure and generally its best to not perform heavy activity involving your feet, or things like swimming pools/ hot tubs for at least the first week.

How long will the toe hurt after the surgery?

The toe will be somewhat sore, but we do not prescribe pain medication for this procedure. Simple over-the-counter pain medications work well as needed.

How long will this bandage be on my toe?

For only about 12 hours. Generally we instruct patient to remove their surgical dressing the next morning, and begin a topical medicine we provide, and covered with a simple bandaid.


Dr. Andrew Alward DPM

Board-Certified Podiatrist

A native of Illinois, after completing his medical training in Chicago, IL Dr. Alward relocated to Chattanooga, TN with his wife for the love of the outdoors, great hospitality, and community of Chattanooga! He is honored to serve the area!​

  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Rosalind Franklin University North Chicago, IL

  • Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Residency Sts Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago, IL

  • Board Certified American Board of Podiatric Medicine

  • Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine

  • Special Interest & Post-Graduate Education in Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

5 Star Google Review

"I had gone in to the appointment concerned and in pain and walked out well informed and pain free. If you’re in need of a podiatrist, look no further. Dr. Alward will not disappoint!"

M. Hernandez

New Tread Podiatry PLLC

9 - 5 Tuesdays, Thursdays
9 - 2 Fridays

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