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Ingrown Toenail Treatment Options

Find out the best ways to treat an ingrown toenail.

While ingrown toenails are rarely a cause for concern, our Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, podiatrists Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel still understand that you may be looking for ways to both treat and prevent this common foot problem. If you are a healthy individual then chances are good that you’ll be able to treat an ingrown toenail on your own with these simple at-home strategies,

Soak Your Feet

One way to ease any discomfort or swelling that you may experience as a result of an ingrown toenail is to soak the affected foot several times a day in warm water. Feel free to add some Epsom salts to the water, which can also reduce pain and swelling. Soak the foot up to four times a day for about 15-20 minutes at a time.

Wear Comfortable Shoes 

It’s important to wear the appropriate footwear, as this can both prevent ingrown toenails from happening in the first place or from making them worse. Any shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the nail will only exacerbate the problem. This is why it’s important to wear shoes with a wide toe box that won’t put pressure on the nail and cause pain.

Take Painkillers

Another way to quickly ease any pain and swelling from an ingrown toenail is to get an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen, which can provide swift relief from your discomfort. Make sure to follow all medication instructions to ensure proper dosage.

Know When to See a Podiatrist

If your ingrown toenail isn’t getting better in the next couple of days, it’s a good idea to call our fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, podiatrists for an appointment. After evaluating the ingrown toenail we can determine the best course of action. You should also call us right away if you notice any signs of infection including:

  • Pus or drainage coming from the nail
  • Increased pain or swelling
  • Redness
  • Fever
  • Skin around the nail that’s tender or hard to the touch

Are you looking for a team of podiatrists in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, that can treat your ingrown toenail? If so, turn to Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel for all of your foot and ankle needs. Call Emerald Coast Podiatry at 850-862-4119 to schedule an appointment.

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