Ingrown toenails can be painful and cause inflammation and swelling. This occurs when the side of your toenail grows into the skin of your toe. Watch this video for a few tips on preventing and treating ingrown toenails.
It is important to prevent ingrown toenails and treat them when they occur because they can lead to infection of the toes. You can prevent ingrown toenails by practicing proper nail care. This involves cutting your nails straight across instead of around the sides. You can then gently file the nails down to make them smoother and softer in appearance. It is helpful to cut your toenails after taking a shower, as they are softer and easier to cut. You can treat ingrown toenails by soaking your toes for about 15 minutes and then applying a bandage with antibiotic ointment.
Do you suffer from ingrown toenails? Contact the Family Foot Center or visit our website. We are a podiatry practice that serves the Queens and Whitestone areas. You can learn more about our foot doctors and podiatry practice in Queens by calling (718) 767-5555 or stopping by to see us today.