A simple method of treatment for ingrowing toenail by radical excision of the affected nailfold is described. The results in a prospective series of 50 patients are presented. This procedure, first described in 1872, does not destroy the nail, which heals to give an excellent cosmetic result. The recurrence rate after 18 months was 20 per cent, which compares favourably with procedures in which the nailbed is ablated. This method is proposed as an alternative to more complex procedures, especially when a cosmetic result is desired.