While some of the above causes can be fixed via simple changes, others may require more advanced treatments.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
When an ingrown toenail is mild, it may be treatable at home. However, please keep in mind the above situations for when professional treatment is highly recommended.
Patients without those conditions may try soaking their foot in room-temperature water (adding Epsom salts, if desired) for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times per day. Afterward, gently rub the side of the nail fold to help reduce inflammation, then apply antibacterial ointment and bandage.
When treating at home, do not attempt to cut a notch in the nail. This has no effect on the growth of the nail, and can cause further injury. Also do not place cotton beneath the nail. This provides an additional place for bacteria to grow and can increase infection risk.
If home care is not working or you need or prefer professional care, the experts at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle are here to help.
We will examine the toe and recommend the best course of treatment to meet your needs. In more conservative cases, this might include lifting the nail and/or the use of pain-relieving anti-inflammatory medications.
In more severe or recurring cases, we may recommend a minor surgical procedure to ease pain and remove the offending nail. This procedure is performed right in our office with local anesthesia, and the toe typically feels a lot better than it did once the numbness is gone!
A surgical procedure might involve removing a small section or all of the nail. In cases of repeated ingrown toenails, we might also treat the underlying nail bed so that new nail never grows back.