Are Ingrown Toenails Dangerous?

By Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care
September 14, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

How your podiatrists in Livonia and Royal Oak can help your ingrown toenail

Ingrown toenails can lead to infection and impact your life. You may notice a dark, swollen area around your toenail. You may feel the ingrown toenailpounding pressure of fluid underneath your toenail. If you ignore these symptoms of an ingrown toenail, it can lead to an infected toe and potentially more invasive treatment to clear up the infection. Your podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia and Royal Oak, MI want to help you with your ingrown toenail.

The best way to treat ingrown toenails is to not get them in the first place. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips you can follow to reduce your risk of an ingrown toenail, including:

  • Always cut your toenails straight across
  • Don’t cut your toenails too short
  • Always wear the appropriate shoes for the activity you are doing
  • Always wear comfortable shoes, with ample room for your toes

If you get an ingrown toenail, your podiatrists in Livonia and Royal Oak want you to know about a few home remedies you can try to get relief. You should consider:

  • Placing dental floss under your toenail to help push it above your skin
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol, Advil or Aleve
  • Applying antibiotic cream and bandaging your toe
  • Soaking your toe in warm water for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Wearing sandals or open shoes until your toe heals
  • Cushioning your toe with soft cotton or bandages

For stubborn ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home therapy, you should see your podiatrists. They can relieve your pain and cure your ingrown toenail with these effective treatments:

  • Lifting and separating your toenail from your skin to allow your toenail to grow freely
  • Cutting off the ingrown section of your toenail or removing your entire toenail to help you grow a healthy, new toenail

Ingrown toenails can become infected, keeping you on the sidelines of your life. Get back on your feet with a phone call to your podiatrists at Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care with offices in Livonia and Royal Oak, MI. Call today and feel better tomorrow!

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