Treating Ingrown Toenails in Cranston, RI

Ingrown toenails are ugly and painful. They are also a common toe issue which can make it difficult to wear shoes, stand, and walk around.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including:

  • Trauma or an injury to your toenail
  • Cutting your toenails too short
  • Rounding the ends of your toenails
  • Have toenails that curve under naturally
  • Wearing narrow shoes that crush your toes together

Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails

You may have an ingrown toenail if you:

  • Feel throbbing and pressure under your toenail
  • Notice your toe getting dark and looking bruised
  • Experience swelling in your toe
  • See fluid, blood, or pus coming out from under your toenail

Ways To Prevent Ingrown Toenails

You can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails. Remember to:

  • Cut your toenails straight across
  • Don’t cut your toenails too short
  • Wear comfortable, protective shoes to avoid a toe injury
  • Wear wider shoes with enough room for your toes

What You Can Do About an Ingrown Toenail

You can try a few simple tips to treat an ingrown toenail. Consider:

  • Soaking your toes in warm water daily
  • Trying to gently lift your toenail up off the surrounding skin
  • Placing a small piece of dental floss under your toenail to try to lift it up
  • Cushioning your toes with bandages or cotton
  • Wearing sandals until your ingrown toenail heals

Professional Treatments for Ingrown Toenails

Your podiatrist/chiropodist has several options to heal an ingrown toenail, including:

  • Lifting and separating your toenail from the skin around it
  • Trimming off the ingrown part of your toenail
  • Removing the entire toenail so a healthy new toenail can grow

You don’t have to suffer with ingrown toenail pain when relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about prevention and treatment of an ingrown toenail, talk with the experts. Call the podiatrists at Rhode Island Foot and Ankle in Cranston, RI at (401) 946-9933.

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