A Brandon Podiatrist may be just what you need for an ingrown toenail. However, Dr. Rajnish Manohar would like you to also be pro-active about your feet and try to take care of them the best you can. Diabetics are at very high risk for infection and an ingrown toenail could spell disaster. Here’s a list of some home foot care tips that will help you to avoid ingrown toenails. If the ingrown toenail is not infected, you can attempt some at-home treatments to keep the discomfort at bay and avoid the ingrown toe nail from coming back.
Here are some do-it-yourself tips from your Brandon Podiatrist.
If you’ve already got an ingrown toenail
- Attempt a foot soak. Allow your sore toe to take in a warm salt water bath for 15 minutes a couple of times every day. This soak can assist alleviate discomfort and swelling in an ingrown toe nail. Dry your foot entirely after each soak.
- Take an over the counter pain-relieving medication, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Carefully pull the skin far from the nail utilizing a little nail file or other blunt device that won’t cut or harm the toe.
- Stuff small pieces of sterile, damp cotton in between the ingrown toe nail and the skin to help separate them and offer a little cushioning to the skin. You can soak the cotton in a little water or an antibacterial cleanser first.
- Cover the aching toe with a Band-Aid or other type of covering to provide a little additional padding and security.
- Check your toe carefully for indications of infection. Check every day for symptoms and signs like soreness, increased discomfort, swelling, and drain of pus
Good toenail maintenance tips
- Rub your toe with antibiotic lotion to help reduce your possibility of developing an infection.
- Select shoes that are simple on your toes. Shoes made from soft fabrics with a large toe are an excellent choice– try using sandals if you can. Avoid shoes that pinch the toes or location pressure on the ingrown toenail.
- Keep your foot dry other than when soaking.
- See Dr. Manohar if you see indications of infection, or if your ingrown toe nail keeps coming back.
Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar can help you with your ingrown toenails
If you’ve followed this do-it-yourself list and you still have issues with your toenails, please call The Gentle Foot Care Clinic at (813) 502-5904 and setup your appointment. If you would like to get in touch via an email message, you can use this form.
Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.