red ingrown toenailMore sunny days means more active days.  But if you’re experiencing pain from an ingrown toenail, outdoor activity may be out of the question.  Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get relief.  The tips below can help you treat and prevent ingrown nails. However, if you have diabetes, nerve damage, circulation problems or have any sign of infection, don’t try to treat your condition at home -- call your podiatrist and make an appointment right away.  

Here are 8 tips to treat painful ingrown toenails.

1. Try a Foot Soak

Soak the affected foot in a tub of room temperature water mixed with a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts. Be sure to dry your feet completely after each soak. Do this 3-4 times a day for 5-10 minutes. You can try this method for soaking your nail.

2. Give Your Toe a Massage

Gently massage the area around the nail to reduce inflammation and ease the skin fold away from the nail edge.  

3. Prevent Infection

Use antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin around the nail to prevent infection

4. Relieve Pain

Place tiny pieces of sterile, moist cotton between the ingrown nail and the skin to provide pain relief.

5. Wear Sandals

With warm days ahead, wearing sandals can give your painful piggy some needed space and air.

6. Go Shoe Shopping

Shoes that are too tight or too short may be at fault for inducing an ingrown toenail. Find shoes that have a roomy toe box if you are prone to ingrown toenails.

7. Avoid Tight Socks

If your socks are too tight they can aggravate the pain of your condition. 

8. Trim Your Toenails Properly

Aim to cut your nails straight across, and avoid digging into the corners to prevent ingrown nails. (video)

Need Relief from An Ingrown Toenail in Seattle, Washington? Request an Appointment Now

Don't let foot pain cause you to miss out on the activities you enjoy. Complete the contact form on this page or call our office, the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City, at 206-368-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rion Berg.

Most new patients are seen within 1-2 week's time. During your initial visit, Dr. Berg will spend up to 30 minutes getting to know you, your podiatry complaints, and your goals so that he can recommend the treatment best meets your needs. Don’t wait—contact us today.

North Seattle Foot & Ankle Specialist Dr. Rion Berg offers compassionate podiatry care for all foot and ankle problems to those living in Seattle Washington and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an immediate appointment or request an appointment online.



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