You can treat ingrown toenails at home as a way of relieving the pain and preventing the problem from worsening. Soaking your feet in warm water for 15 minutes a couple times a day may help reduce inflammation. Antibiotic cream can help prevent infections caused by the nail tissue piercing the skin. You may be able to straighten a curling nail by putting dental floss or cotton under the painful edge to lift it above the skin.
Make sure you wear shoes that don’t squish or squeeze the ends of your toes. These can create or exacerbate nail damage. Our staff may recommend anti-inflammatory pain killers to help with the discomfort as well. If these home remedies do not help, get in touch with Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT. We can help you take care of the problem before it deteriorates and causes worse pain. Submit a request online or call to reach us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.