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Five Home Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

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It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy Irish heritage! On September 19 and 20, 2014, the Irish Heritage Society of Milford is hosting its 9th annual Irish Festival in the downtown area. Live bands, cakes and pastries, children’s games, and Irish coffee are all there for you to enjoy, whether your ancestors came from the Emerald Isle or not. If you have a painful ingrown toenail, however, spending all day on your feet may not sound like fun. Easy home treatments for ingrown toenails may be able to help relieve some of that discomfort so you can enjoy yourself.

Ingrown nails occur when one edge of a nail curves and grows in instead of straight. This painful problem doesn’t resolve on its own. The earlier you do something about it, though, the easier it is to manage. Try these simple remedies at home to alleviate the pinching, aching sensation:

  • Soak Your Feet – Immerse your lower limbs in a warm foot bath. Dissolve some Epsom salts in the water, too; this can help with swelling and disinfect the toe.
  • Splint the Nail – If you caught the problem early, lift the nail free of the skin covering it and put floss or sterile cotton underneath the curving corner. This will keep the nail above your skin and may encourage the tissue to grow straighter.
  • Protect Against Infection – Ingrown nails are prone to infection, which makes the pain worse. Rub antibacterial ointment around the uncomfortable area to help protect your toe.
  • Pad the Digit – Pad the painful spot with a bandage or sterile cotton to protect it from things that might press on it.
  • Wear the Right Shoes – Your shoes have a significant impact on your nails. If they are too tight, they pinch your toes and make ingrown nails worse. Choose shoes made from soft fabrics with a deep, roomy toe box.

These home treatments for ingrown toenails don’t completely eliminate the problem, but they can alleviate your discomfort and prevent infections from developing. If you have a toenail issue that’s getting in the way of enjoying days out or fun activities, let our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Connecticut help you. Contact either of our two offices by calling or using the online contact form. Call (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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