Treating Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common condition that can have varying levels of intensity. For some, ingrown toenails can be managed at home with proper foot care, having little effect on their daily lives. However, for others, ingrown toenails can be painful, recurring, and may even increase their risk for infection and further health complications. If you are experiencing ingrown toenails causing you pain or discomfort, it may be time to find a podiatrist to help treat your condition. Consider Southwest Podiatry, your podiatrist in Wytheville, VA, with additional offices in Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA.

Mild Cases Treated At Home

If you have an ingrown toenail that is only slightly red and swollen but without puss or other signs of infection, it may be possible to treat at home. As the first line of defense, you can always call your podiatrist in Wytheville, VA, with additional locations in Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA, if you are unsure of the condition of your ingrown toenail. However, here are a few suggestions for things that you can try at home.

To reduce swelling and tenderness, soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes a few times a day may help. Following soaking, place a piece of cotton under the edge of your toenail to encourage the nail to grow above the skin. To avoid further irritation, chose non-constricting footwear as the skin begins to heal.

How A Podiatrist Can Help

If the above remedies do not reduce redness, swelling, and pain, or if your condition worsens or becomes infected, you should call a podiatrist for help. Your podiatrist in Wytheville, VA, with additional locations in Dublin, Galaz, and Marion, VA, may do a few different things to treat ingrown toenails, such as lifting the nail edge, partially removing the nail, or potentially removing a portion of the nail and nail bed. The latter technique is used only if your condition is recurring to prevent part of the nail from growing back. Antibiotics may also be prescribed for those at risk of infection.

For a podiatrist in Wytheville, VA, with additional offices in Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA, look no further than Southwest Podiatry. If you are suffering from ingrown toenails or have questions about treatment options, please call the Wytheville office today at (276) 228-2212. To make an appointment at the Dublin office, please call (540) 674-2444. For the Galax office, please call (276) 236-9663. To reach the Marion office, please call (276) 782-9545.