Ingrown toenails occur when your toenails dig into the skin that surrounds them. Although ingrown toenails can occur in any toe, it is most likely to strike the big toe. Ingrown toenails are common around the world, but most people who have chronic ingrown toenail problems will usually come to the conclusion that the condition will not heal on its own, and usually needs the intervention of a podiatrist.
Ingrown Toenails Treatment
- Epsom Salt - It's possible to use warm water to soak your feet. For the best results, try soaking your feet for twenty to thirty minutes, a few times each day.
- Massage - While your foot is still wet from soaking, you should massage the skin by pushing it away until the edges of your nail are exposed. This can help get your nail to grow outward in the future. However, this can only happen over time.
- Wear Low Heel Shoes - Women should wear low heeled shoes to reduce the pressure put on the toes. The shoes should also be wide enough that your toes are not forced together.
- See a Podiatrist at InMotion Foot and Ankle Specialists - There are times when a toe infection becomes serious, and you should see a podiatrist. If your toenail is infected, it's best to see a podiatrist so you can get the proper medication to apply to your toe and have the problem resolved in a safe, effective way with minimal discomfort. In addition, if you have diabetes, you should always be under care of a podiatrist, because of the complications you can have in your feet, such as numbness and loss of feeling due to nerve damage. This could lead to amputation if not treated.
- Correct Nail Trimming - Learn to trim your nails straight across. They should also be filed down until they are smooth on the edges. Do not cut into corners
Follow the tips above to help treat your ingrown toenails. If the situation doesn't improve within a couple of days, contact Talus inMotion Foot & Ankle and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.