Ingrown Toenail Treatments

Ingrown Toenail Treatments

To ease the pain created by ingrown toenails, Margaret Abbott, a general practitioner (GP) at the Windmill Practice in Sneinton and the GP lead at NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, reveals several methods. When the sides of a toenail grow into and pierce the surrounding skin, an ingrown toenail is created, becoming swollen and tender. To help clear the infection and loosen the surrounding skin, soak the affected foot in warm water several times a day. This will force the infection to grow out. Olive oil can be used to push the skin away while further softening the skin. Home remedies such as a vapor rub or tea tree oil can be used, while an anti-inflammatory painkiller such as ibuprofen can help ease pain and reduce inflammation.

If other treatments do not help remove infection and reduce pain and swelling, surgery to remove the ingrown toenail may be needed. For more information, speak to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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