Ingrown Toenail Treatment
An ingrown toenail is when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin and becomes painful. The nail can pierce the skin and cause soreness, swelling and even infection. It is usually the big toe that is affected.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails?
Some people are naturally more prone to ingrown toenails than others because of their nail shape. For example, people with curved or fan-shaped toenails are more likely to have ingrown toenails. However, cutting your toenails too short or cutting the edges, wearing badly-fitting shoes or socks, or stubbing your toe can all increase the likelihood of ingrown nails forming. Having sweaty feet is another risk factor, as the skin around the toenails softens and is more easily pierced by the edges of the nails.
How to Treat an Ingrown Toenail
There are some things you can do at home to help treat ingrown toenails and stop them from becoming infected. The first is, of course, to keep your feet clean by washing them regularly. You should also change your socks regularly and wear comfy shoes with plenty of toe room. You can also try gently pushing the skin away from the nail with a cotton bud. You should also cut your toenails straight across, to help stop them from digging in.
Ingrown Toenail Home Treatment
At Tower Health, we offer an ingrown toenail treatment called Nail Fix. This fantastic solution helps to soften the nail bed so that ingrown toenails are softer and easier to treat. It comes in a 10ml bottle (also available in packs of three) and is easy to apply with the nail brush provided. The formula was developed by orthopaedic surgeons in Switzerland and is superb for both treating and preventing ingrown toenails.
The PROFOOT Toenail Nipper is made of surgical steel and is ideal for cutting thick toenails. It is a 4 and a half inch spring-action clipper that is easy to hold and use thanks to the non-slip rubber grips on the handle.
If you would like more information on our ingrown toenail treatments, or on any of the products on our site, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Call us on 0333 256 8069 or use our live chat. A member of our professional team will be happy to help.
Ingrown Toenail Surgery
If none of these solutions work, then in some cases, the only option for painful and bothersome ingrown toes is surgery. If you have tried everything and think this may be the case for you, then you should consult your doctor. They may recommend partial or total nail avulsion, which is where part or all of the nail is removed under local anaesthetics. If your nail is infected then your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and drain away any pus if necessary.