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#8 How to Treat an Ingrown Toenail? 10 Most Common Questions Asked of a Pittsburgh Foot Doctor

Ingrown Toenail

Preventing a Recurring Ingrown Toenail

Avoid shoes that put too much pressure on the ingrown toenail. This includes shoes that are too tight, shoes with a small toe box and high heels. Shoes which are too large can cause irritation when the foot slides back-and-forth inside the shoe. Poorly fitting shoes can too often cause damage to the toenail. Many healthcare professionals will recommend that those with symptomatic nails wear open-toed shoes such as sandals. If you are unsure how to properly trim your deformed toenail, ask your healthcare provider. Insure that you use clean instruments to cut straight across the top of the toenails. Do not trim the nails too short or curve the edges. If you have faulty foot mechanics that place an excess of pressure on the nail fold, you might consider wearing corrective orthotic devices. 

How do you fix a painful nail?

  1. Perform a matrixectomy, killing the root, of the nail.
  2. Do a temporary avulsion of the ingrown border

What can you do for an ingrown nail at home? Initially, at home soak the toe in warm soapy water. Then apply topical antibiotic ointment . Now Call your Podiatrist Pittsburgh. Urgent cares often will just prescribe oral antibiotics without removing the nail , and tell you to see a foot doctor in Pittsburgh. We have same day appointments usually available. If you don’t remove the entire ingrown piece, you could be making it worse, causing a deep ” spicule” to develop.

How do you stop the pain of an infected toenail?

  1. Have your Podiatrist remove the ingrown side of the nail.
  2. Trim the corner of the ingrown nail a bit to relieve a little pressure, without digging.
  3. Don’t dig at it!
  4. Apply some Neosporin with Lidocaine.

Can I soak in Epsom salt for the ingrown nail? Yes, epsom salts are helpful when soaking an ingrowns, but not necessary. A little white vinegar, Tide, or other soap can be used, or just plain warm, but not hot water.

Ingrown toenail home remedies include clipping the corner after soaking the nail, and applying a topical antibacterial cream or ointment like Triple antibiotic, Polysporin, Mupirocin, or Gentamycin.

  • Causes of grown in toenails include tight shoes and incorrect cutting.
  • healthy toenail prevention entails cutting the toenail straight across and roomy shoes.
  • Incurvated toenail treatment is best done by a Podiatrist, Pittsburgh PA.
  • Ingrown toenail infection can occur if you pick at it, but also if you ignore it.
  • Ingrown toenail removal is a simple process done at a foot clinic with the right tools and an foot doctor experienced in nail care.

How to get rid of an ingrown toenail includes permanent and temporary measures- ask your Foot Dr in Pittsburgh.

Ingrown toenail fix does not include cutting a “V” in the nail.