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Treatment for an Ingrown Toenail
 
Getting a bit overzealous trimming your toenails can lead to the unpleasantness of an impacted or ingrown toenail, which occurs when the edge of the nail grows directly into the surrounding tissue of the toe, causing pain and discomfort.

Taking care to find treatment for an ingrown toenail, and taking measures to prevent a reoccurrence, are crucial to helping ease pain.
 
Tips for the Treatment of an Ingrown Toenail
 
The best way you can get treatment for an ingrown toenail is to take extra precautions when cutting your toenails. Proper treatment for an ingrown toenail includes the following:
  • Keep toenails short – slightly longer than the tips of your toes.
  • Trim toenails carefully, straight across, with specially designed toenail clippers.
  • Make sure you do not gouge into the corners of your toenails when cutting.
Also try following these suggestions to get treatment for an ingrown toenail, or to avoid developing one in the future:
  • Use a proper toenail clipper to avoid slipups and mishaps.
  • Never dig down into the corners of the nail.
  • Wear appropriate fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box (especially if you already have an ingrown toenail).
  • Soak affected feet to keep them clean and antiseptic.
  • Apply a mild antiseptic to the infected area to prevent infection.
While many people try to get treatment for an ingrown toenail on their own, many often make the situation worse. As the ingrown toe nail begins to cut into the skin, people try to cut away the extended nail; yet this only exacerbates the situation, leading to even deeper imbedding of the ingrown toe nail into the tender flesh. “Bathroom surgery” is definitely not the way to get treatment for an ingrown toenail.
 
Products for the Treatment of an Ingrown Toenail Available on FootSmart.com
 
FootSmart sells many products, online and via our mail-order catalog, designed to help you find treatment for an ingrown toenail. Products for the treatment of an ingrown toenail include:
  • The Eloi Nail Clippers feature professional, stainless steel-cutting blades that deliver precise trimming, allowing you to find treatment for an ingrown toenail. These easy-to-grip, ergonomically designed nail clippers make trimming nails and cuticles easy, especially with the unique spring system integrated into the elastomer, cushioned handles.
  • Seki Nail Clippers with Grip Handle, made of twice-tempered carbon steel, provide lasting sharpness, and the hand-finished cutting edge ensures precise and even trimming, helping contribute to healthier nails and allowing you to find treatment for an ingrown toenail. These nail clippers are even designed with an integrated nail catcher, preventing messy clean-ups, and a honey-comb etched file to help smooth ragged nail edges.
  • E-Z View Nail Clippers make it safe and easy to trim your nails, allowing you to get treatment for an ingrown toenail. They come with an adjustable, oversized, acrylic magnifying lens to help bring toenails into focus, helping you avoid trimming toenails too short, and a blade forged of carbon steel. These clippers also have a durable ergonomic grip that fits the hand comfortably, making it easy to get precise and even clippings. The high-density plastic trapper also corrals clippings so they can be neatly thrown away.

FootSmart offers these and other products designed to help you prevent and find treatment for an ingrown toenail.

If the problem persists, however, and you can’t find treatment for an ingrown toenail on your own, see a podiatrist to have the offending edges removed.
 
Relieve your Ingrown Toenail Discomfort, Prevent Infection
 
The simplest way to eliminate an ingrown toenail is to take extra care when cutting your toenails. Pay attention to the natural line of the nail, and trim the nail straight across.

Also try following these suggestions to take care of an ingrown toenail, or to avoid developing an ingrown toenail in the future:
  • Use a proper toenail clipper to avoid slipups and mishaps.
  • Never dig down into the corners of the nail.
  • Wear appropriate fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box (especially if you already have an ingrown toenail).
  • Soak affected feet to keep them clean and antiseptic.
  • Apply a mild antiseptic.
If you continue to develop an ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist to have the offending edges removed.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health. 
 
 
 
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Proper treatment of lower body health conditions depends upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, your medical history, diet, lifestyle and medications that may be taking. Your healthcare provider can best assess and address your individual healthcare needs.
 
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