Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that can cause discomfort. If you have ingrown toenails, then there are ways to treat this condition at home along with preventing the problem in the first place. Ingrown toenails occur when the sharp nail of a toe grows into the tender corner or side of the toenail’s flesh, leading to chronic pain from the inflammation. Here is how you can treat this condition at home before scheduling an appointment with one of our knowledgeable podiatrists.
Treatment 1: Soak Your Feet to Alleviate Discomfort
Fill your bathtub or a large plastic container so that you can soak your feet in warm water. The soothing warm water will alleviate discomfort from the embedded toenail, and it may soften the skin around the toenail so that you can push the tissue away from the sharp edges of the toenail.
Treatment 2: Apply Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
If the skin around the embedded toenail looks inflamed, then you can eliminate the infection by applying hydrogen peroxide solution to the skin. Use a cotton ball dipped in hydrogen peroxide to apply the solution several times a day. You may feel a burning sensation with this treatment, but that means that the hydrogen peroxide is eliminating the infection.
Treatment 3: Wear Soft and Thick Socks
It is essential to protect your tender toes from any more damage by wearing thick and soft socks with your shoes. Our podiatrists recommend wearing socks that contain natural fibers that will absorb the perspiration from your feet. Avoid wearing tight shoes or shoes with higher heels that will apply any pressure against your sensitive toes.
Treatment 4: Use an Antibiotic Ointment on Your Toes
You can find an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment at your local drugstore to apply on the infected area of your toes. Apply this substance before putting on your socks and shoes, but remember to apply it again throughout the day to eliminate any infection.
Treatment 5: Take a Pain Reliever
It is okay to take a pain reliever when your toes hurt from an ingrown toenail, but at the same time, you should try to repair the toenail to overcome the problem. There are numerous types of over-the-counter pain relievers available at nearby stores.
Treatment 6: Wear a Toe Protector
It is possible to find special toe protectors that will cover an infected toe and its toenail. These devices are available at drugstores, and the items are often used as protection for broken toes or toes that have blisters.
Treatment 7: Proper Toenail Trimming
If you trim your toenails too short or in the wrong shape, then you are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail. After your toes heal, learn how to use the proper techniques and equipment to trim your toenails.
Visit Us for Professional Treatment
When your ingrown toenails won’t heal with home remedies, it is time to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at Arlington Podiatry Center.