Ingrown Toenail FAQs
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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How Do I Care for my Ingrown Toenail from Home?
Care for an ingrown toenail at home is easy. Before you start, make sure you have a towel, cotton ball, bandage, and an antiseptic ointment ready.
Soak your feet in warm water first. Add Epsom salts or an antibacterial soap if desired. Stay in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes to completely immerse and soften the ingrown toenail. Loosen up the area by massaging your toe underwater. Towel off once you’re done.
While your foot is still soft, gently lift up the corner of the ingrown toenail and try to put a small amount of cotton underneath to separate the nail from the skin. If the area is infected, apply an antiseptic medication. Then, wrap a bandage around it. Don’t try to clip the infected nail yet, because you could make the problem worse.
If your toenail is emitting discharge and isn’t getting better, contact Dr. Gene Reister from Richardson Podiatry Center by calling (972) 690-5374 or by filling out an appointment request online.
Does Running Make Ingrown Toenails Worse?
If your athletic shoes are too tight, running could make ingrown toenails worse. In fact, your footgear may have been what started your issues in the first place. The problem is caused when extra pressure squishes your toes together. If you don’t trim your toenails straight across, they might poke into the soft skin around it and make it red and inflamed. When you run, your nail could pierce the soft skin and aggravate the area, opening it up to infection.
To prevent this, make sure you have enough room in the front of your shoes. Make sure they are laced properly to keep your foot from sliding forward in the shoe, too. If you already have the condition, try soaking your feet in warm water and putting a piece of cotton ball underneath the affected nail. If the problem persists, call the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 to have Dr. Gene Reister take care of your infection.