Blog 70 - Wondering How To Treat Ingrown Toenail? At Home Remedies & Podiatry Treatments

Blog 70 – Wondering How To Treat Ingrown Toenail? At Home Remedies & Podiatry Treatments

Did you know that soaking your feet in warm, soapy water is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to treat an ingrown toenail

If you’ve ever experienced the throbbing pain and redness accompanying this frustrating problem, you’ll be relieved to find out there are several straightforward steps you can take at home (word of warning though, these home remedies are only shown to have a degree of success with very early stage ingrown toenails).

These methods, from using dental floss to lift the nail to applying Vaseline and bandaging, can ease discomfort. However, more discussion is needed about when these remedies may not be appropriate, and the professional guidance of a podiatrist is actually required. So if you currently have an ingrown toenail, or suspect you may have one forming, please read this informative blog on what possible at home and podiatrty treatment options are available.

Identifying Ingrown Toenail Symptoms

Identifying symptoms early is important when dealing with an ingrown toenail to prevent complications. Knowing what to look for can help you take the right steps to treat it effectively.

Common ingrown toenail symptoms include pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling around the affected nail. You might also notice that the skin around the ingrown nail becomes hard or calloused.

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If you suspect you are in the early stages of an ingrown toenail - we encourage you to seek professional help. There are other non-surgical options available, but you the sooner you seek help, the more likely they will be suitable.

Pain around the toenail can escalate, transforming into a sore toenail that makes walking or even touching the area uncomfortable. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to an infection. Infection symptoms include increased pain, pus drainage, and more pronounced redness and swelling. These symptoms intensify discomfort and can lead to more severe complications.

At Home Remedies You Can Try

Recognising the early symptoms is the time to quickly act with one or more of the following effective home remedies for treating an ingrown toenail:

Remember, for the best chances of success, you should perform these steps regularly for minor, early onset cases – and always seek professional advice if no positive progress is made after trying them for a couple days at most.

Effective Podiatry Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

To effectively treat ingrown toenails, consider visiting a podiatrist who can perform precise nail trimming to alleviate discomfort.

Options like the OnyFix Nail Brace Solution can guide proper nail growth without invasive procedures.

In some cases, ingrown toenail surgery may be necessary to provide lasting relief and prevent recurrence.

Podiatrist Nail Trimming

A podiatrist’s professional nail trimming is essential for effectively managing and alleviating the discomfort of ingrown toenails. A podiatrist uses precise cutting techniques to ensure correct and safe nail trimming, significantly reducing the risk of further ingrowth and complications. 

This professional care doesn’t just relieve pain; it promotes proper healing and prevents future issues.

Regular visits to a podiatrist for nail trimming can be highly beneficial, especially if you’re prone to ingrown toenails. These routine check-ups ensure that your nails are kept at an optimal length and shape, preventing the recurring pain and potential infections associated with ingrown toenails. 

Trusting a professional with your nail care allows you the freedom from constant discomfort and the assurance of expert treatment.

It may seem counter intuitive, but you must cut your toenails "across" the toe, not with the natural curve if you want to reduce the chances of getting an ingrown toenail.

The OnyFix Nail Brace Solution offers a non-invasive treatment option for correcting ingrown toenails by gently lifting and straightening the nail as it grows.

This method is an effective alternative to more invasive procedures because it uses a specialised brace to apply a gentle, corrective force to the nail. The brace gradually alleviates pain and pressure as the nail grows, promoting natural nail growth.

Here are some benefits of the OnyFix Nail Brace Solution:

Over time, the OnyFix brace grows out with your toenail and "trains" it back into correct position safely and painlessly.

Ingrown toenail surgery remains a highly effective podiatry treatment for more persistent cases. Surgical intervention might be necessary if your ingrown toenails don’t respond to conservative treatments. These procedures, typically performed under local anesthesia, involve removing a narrow nail strip to address the ingrown portion and prevent regrowth. This method, known as partial nail avulsion, is common and effective.

A chemical application sometimes inhibits nail regrowth in the affected area to prevent recurrence. Despite the term ‘surgery,’ these procedures are usually quick and performed in a clinical setting. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two, offering minimal disruption to their routine.

Choosing surgery can be a proactive step to alleviate pain and prevent complications. It’s a reliable solution for ensuring long-term relief from ingrown toenails. 

Toenail surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is walk in / walk out. Follow your podiatrist's post-op care guidelines and you will be back to normal (pain free) activities in little time.

When to Seek Professional Help

Seek medical assistance if your ingrown toenail causes severe pain, redness, or swelling. These symptoms may indicate an infection or a more severe condition that requires professional intervention.

While home remedies can offer relief for minor cases, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced ingrown toenail podiatrist if you notice any of the following signs:

Infections can progress rapidly, leading to significant complications if not addressed promptly. If you have diabetes or circulation problems, an ingrown toenail can pose even more critical risks, making it crucial to seek medical advice without delay. 

An experienced ingrown toenail podiatrist can offer appropriate treatments, from lifting the nail to minor surgical procedures, to alleviate your pain and prevent further issues.

By recognising when to seek assistance, you’re taking a proactive step to safeguard your foot health and overall well-being.

Ingrown Toenail Preventative Measures

There are several important habits you can adopt into your daily life that will significantly reduce your chances of developing an ingrown toenail:

  • Wear Proper Fitting Shoes

    To prevent ingrown toenails, wear properly fitted shoes that provide sufficient toe room. Tight or ill-fitting shoes can press the toenails into the skin, leading to discomfort and potential growth. Opt for footwear that allows your toes to move freely, reducing unnecessary pressure.

  • Cut Toenails Correctly

    Cutting your toenails correctly is essential. Always trim them straight across, avoiding rounding the corners. This technique helps prevent the nails from growing into the surrounding skin. Utilise a toenail clipper, not a fingernail clipper, for a more accurate cut suited to the toenails' thickness.

  • Maintain Good Foot Hygiene

    Maintaining foot hygiene is another important preventative measure. Keep your feet clean and dry to ward off fungal infections that can exacerbate the risk of ingrown toenails. Regularly inspect your toenails for early signs of ingrowth, such as redness or tenderness, and address any issues promptly to prevent complications.

Incorporate these steps into your routine to maintain healthy toenails. These minor adjustments can significantly reduce your risk of developing ingrown toenails, allowing you to move freely and comfortably.

Summing It All Up...

Remember, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ You can effectively manage and prevent ingrown toenails by soaking your feet, using cotton or dental floss, and maintaining proper foot hygiene.

However, if home remedies don’t bring relief or symptoms worsen, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from a podiatrist. Your feet are essential for mobility, so timely action guarantees long-term health and comfort. Stay proactive, and your feet will thank you.

If you think you may have an ingrown toenail and want the right professional advice on how to treat it, we currently have a limited offer running to help you out. A GAP FREE ingrown toenail assessment consult (only $59 for those without extras private insurance).

Please feel free to book yourself in online or call our friendly Reception on (03) 8104 9270 today.

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