By Thomas Neuman, D.P.M.
July 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Discover the best ways to care for your painful toenail easily and effectively.

While your Northridge and Lancaster podiatrist Dr. Thomas Neuman is always here to treat any of your foot problems, sometimes there are some issues that can easily be treated without needing to see a doctor. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, here are the Ingrown Toenailbest ways to ease symptoms from the comfort of your own home:

  • Soak your ingrown toenail in warm water a couple times a day. After soaking the toe, be sure to dry it off thoroughly to prevent infection.
  • Apply either water or antiseptic to a small bit of cotton or floss and place it under the nail.
  • If you need to trim the nail, soak the foot first to soften the toenail. Then use clean nail clippers and always trim the nail straight across. Do not cut the nail too short or round the edges of the nails, which can make an ingrown toenail worse.
  • Wear open-toed shoes like sandals until the ingrown toenail goes away. This will help to take pressure and friction off the painful nail.
  • While over-the-counter pain medications won’t treat the nail problem itself, it can help patients find relief from uncomfortable symptoms.

What Should I Do if Conservative Treatments Don't Work?

If you find that these tips aren’t effective at eliminating your ingrown toenail, or if your condition gets worse, then it’s time to see your Northridge and Lancaster foot doctor for treatment.

Also, if you are suffering from nerve damage, diabetes or poor circulation and you are experiencing any ingrown toenail, you need to see your podiatrist immediately. In these instances, you do not want to treat your ingrown nail at home. Also, if you experience severe pain, swelling, fever, tenderness, or redness, it becomes even more important to come in right away, as the infection could have spread to your toes or the bones of your foot.

If your ingrown toenail still doesn’t go away or if it returns, your Northridge and Lancaster podiatrist may recommend removing part of the nail. This quick procedure can be performed in our office under local anesthesia.

Most ingrown toenail treatments can effectively alleviate pain and eliminate the infection, but it’s possible that your ingrown toenail may return if you don’t maintain good foot care. Call your Northridge and Lancaster podiatrist and schedule an appointment with us to find out how to treat recurrent or persistent ingrown toenails.