Download Our Free Guide to Avoiding Ingrown Toenails
In our guide, you’ll discover incredibly useful ingrown toenail prevention tips including:
- How to keep your toenails clean
- Proper footwear
- The correct way to cut your toenails
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
For mild cases, you may be able to handle the toenail on your own. In order to do so, you will need to soak your feet carefully, place a bit of cotton or waxed dental floss gently between the nail and skin, apply antibiotic ointment, and then cover with a clean bandage. Repeat the process as necessary until the situation improves. Other steps you can take include wearing open-toed shoes or sandals or sensible footwear that has wide toe boxes, and using pain relievers. Consult with our office for dosage recommendations.
When it comes to the professional treatment that we offer here at Brook Valley Podiatry, we may need to either lift the nail, remove part of it, or, for recurring problems, remove the nail or affected part altogether. Our foot specialists will need to examine your affected toenails to determine the best course of treatment that will offer effective results.
Prevention of Ingrown Toenails
The good news when it comes to ingrown nails is that you can take steps to reduce the risk of them. Even better is that these measures can help with preventing other foot conditions from happening to you as well. Here are some things you can do:
- Wear shoes that fit well. If you cannot wiggle your toes freely, choose another pair. Footwear that is too tight can lead to an array of foot problems, so stick to ones that fit as they should.
- Protect your feet. If your job requires you to move heavy items, wear steel-toed boots or shoes. If you are moving heavy objects at home, ask for help to reduce your risk of dropping something on your feet.
- Trim your nails properly. Clip them straight across and keep them even with the edge of your toes.
- Always wear shoes or footwear with covered toes when doing housework or cooking.