An issue we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers all the time is ingrown toenails. Unfortunately, a lot of the times a patient has taken it upon themselves to treat the issue with a home remedy that they read on the internet or that their mom’s aunt’s best friend’s sister’s pet parakeet told them.
Before you attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home, make sure you’re not using one of these methods!
- Myth #1: Cutting a notch in the side of your nail’s border will stop the nail from growing inward.
- Myth #2: Shoving a piece of cotton between the nail and the bed will prevent it from growing any longer.
- Myth #3:Just keep trimming! If you keep trimming down the sides of the nail, it will eventually even out.
And now for the truth:
The number one treatment is prevention. The best way to prevent your nails from becoming ingrown is to trim them properly. Properly trimming means straight across, and not too short, and not rounding off the edges. Prevention also includes making sure your shoes fit properly. If your toe box is too tight, it will compress your toes which can cause a painful ingrown toenail.
If you do have an ingrown toenail however, you can try soaking the affected toe in warm water several times a day and try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If you notice redness, pus or discharge, swelling, or heat in the area, this means it is infected and it is time call your podiatrist!
Why it’s important:
First of all, ingrown toenails hurt! Second of all, they can easily become infected if left untreated. If you are a diabetic patient or if you have a medical condition that suppresses your immune system, an infection in your feet can be devastating.
If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!