Getting Rid of Ingrown Toenails

James W. Rust
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If you love art and want to see what regional artists are up to these days, reserve Saturday April 12 for the Annual DeLeon Springs “Art among the Trees” festival. Wander around the Historic Porter House Grounds while enjoying local art, Bluegrass and Old Tyme music, and great food. Walking around all day, no matter how beautiful your surroundings, may remind you that wearing tight winter shoes has left you with a painful ingrown toenail. Read on to find out what you can do to get rid of ingrown toenails just in time for summer.

Many times nails grow into the surrounding skin because they are not trimmed properly or are irritated by wearing shoes that pinch. Nails should not be curved at the corners, and shoes should have plenty of room for your toes so they don’t rub against the sides. Now, follow these home care tips to relieve the pressure and pain of ingrown toenails.

Twice a day, morning and evening, soak your foot in a warm Epsom salt bath. The warm water softens the skin and nail, and the salt helps clean and prevent infection. Then gently pull back the overgrown skin, lift the nail slightly, and insert a small piece of cotton underneath to hold it above the skin. Apply an antibiotic cream and cover with a bandage. Be sure to change the cotton and bandage every day. If you eliminate the pressure on the toe, eventually your nail should start growing out straight with this treatment.

Then again, it may not. Some nails are curved for other reasons, and the only way to correct the problem is by visiting the expert podiatrists at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates, where treating ingrown nails is one of our specialties. It is especially important to see us if you have diabetes, to avoid injury and infection that could turn into a serious complication. With five locations in the Daytona Beach, FL area, we are just a phone call away. Dial (386) 274-3336 to find the office closest to you, and put an end to your foot pain. 

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