How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are painful, and they can keep you from putting on your shoes. Our podiatrist can help you get relief from ingrown toenails. The foot doctors at Southwest Podiatry provide comprehensive services for your toes, feet, and ankles, including treatment of ingrown toenails. They have several convenient office locations in Wytheville, Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA, to help you.

What You Need To Know About Ingrown Toenails

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails. You need to:

  • Cut your toenails straight across, and don’t round the corners
  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Wear appropriate, protective shoes, especially when playing a sport
  • Wear shoes with a wide toe box, so your toes don’t get crushed together

You can tell if you have an ingrown toenail because your toe will:

  • Look dark, swollen, or bruised
  • Feel pain due to pressure underneath the nail

If you have an ingrown toenail, you may be able to get relief with a few home treatments. You can try:

  • Soaking your toe in warm water several times daily
  • Placing a piece of dental floss under the nail to push the nail away from your skin
  • Applying over-the-counter antibiotic cream around the nail
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Cushioning your toe with bandages and elevating your foot
  • Wearing sandals or open-toe shoes while your toe heals

For moderate to severe ingrown toenails, you should visit your podiatrist, who may recommend:

  • Lifting and separating your toenail from the surrounding skin, so your toenail can grow freely
  • Trimming off part of your toenail, so your toenail can grow normally
  • Removing the entire toenail, to promote the growth of a healthy, new toenail

Want To Know More?

To learn more about how to prevent ingrown toenails, and how your podiatrist can treat ingrown toenails, call the foot doctors at Southwest Podiatry. You can reach them in:

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