Precision in practice: a case report on nail wedge resection for onychocryptosis in a South African diabetic patient



onychocryptosis, nail wedge resection, diabetic patient, surgical technique, precision, wound healing


Onychocryptosis presents unique challenges in diabetic populations, necessitating specialised interventions. Onychocryptosis, is a painful condition, often causing toe pain, discharge, and swelling of the nail fold. Treatments include nail wedge resection and matricectomy. Nail wedge resection is a surgical procedure that removes the affected portion of the nail plate following the natural strictures of the nail whilst a wedge-shaped section of the nail matrix is removed to correct deformities, relieve pain, or treat underlying nail pathologies. This minimally invasive procedure offers a short recovery time and is popular for treating conditions like ingrown nails, pincer nails, nail deformities, and chronic infections. Postoperative care is crucial for optimal healing and patient satisfaction. This case report explores the application of nail wedge resection in the South African context and highlights the crucial role of surgical techniques.

Author Biography

YM Choonara, University of Johannesburg

University of Johannesburg, South Africa






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