Below I have listed home remedies to help prevent ingrown nails.
However, if you have a constant pain, reoccurring infection, or tired of painful monthly pedicure
appointments, I recommend coming into Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Institute to treat your ingrown
How to Prevent Ingrowns at Home:
- Keep your toenails long, past the corners of the nail fold (where the skin meets the nail).
- Make sure they are square cut (they are not rounded at the ends of the nail).
- If your toenails are short, use a bandaid and anchor it to the edge of the skin next to the painful nail. Pull the skin away from the nail with the bandaid. Wrap the rest of the bandaid around the toe. This will relieve the pressur at the edge of the nail.
- If you notice any fluid collection, use dental floss to help release any source of infection and then soak in epsom salt water to help decrease inflammation.
If none of the above helps, come see us at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Institute. You may need antibiotics and a procedure.
In-Office Procedures for Ingrown Nails:
There are two procedures for ingrown nails: temporary and permanent. Both procedures involve numbing up the toe with lidocaine. (Injections are involved for both procedures.)
The temporary procedure (as it implies) is used for patients who have a current infection in their toeor for patients that want a quick recovery time. From my personal experience, a temporary procedure is a good place to start if it is your firt procedure or if the pain is at the tip of the toe. There is less damage to the nail and you may have a chance of not growing back an ingrown nail.
If you have chronic pain to the base of the nail, chronic nail infections, or had failed ingrown procedures, I recommend the permanent procedure. You can only do the permanent procedure when there are no signs of infection. If there is an infection, the root killerwill neutralize and not work as effectively. A permanent removal involvesusing an acid at the base of the nail to prevent the ingrown from returning back. With this procedure you can expect about 10-14 days of healing time. There is always a chance for the nail to come back and there may be cosmetic changes to the nail.
If you are still having ingrown nail pain, come to our office at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Institute.
We treat patients for ingrown toenails from Summerlin, Henderson, Boulder City, Southern Highlands, Pahrump, and the Greater Las Vegas area.
Call us at 702-997-9833, option 1 to schedule an appointment.