HOW TO TREAT INGROWN TOENAILS PAINLESSLY
posted: Jun 07, 2018.
Many people with a painful ingrown nail will avoid going to the doctor for fear of painful treatment. Some fear having the whole nail removed or some equally drastic and horrible treatment. Usually, a Chiropodist's treatment is virtually painless!
With neglect, ingrown nail problems tend to worsen and an infection will often result. If left untreated, the infection can progress down to bone and become even worse. Here are some things to consider:
Some physicians may recommend antibiotics when there is an ingrown nail. The nail acts like a foreign body and penetrates into the skin. A Chiropodist will simply clip away a segment of the nail that is digging into the skin and usually this is a painless procedure. The relief is dramatic and immediate. Often antibiotics aren’t needed.
A couple of soakings of the toe in lukewarm water and 3 or 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts often clears up any remaining infection once the offending nail border is clipped back.
At a later date, a corrective procedure can be performed by a Chiropodist where a segment of the ingrown nail is removed. The growth cells are destroyed so the ingrown portion of the nail doesn’t come back. Therefore, the remaining portion of the nail is left to grow normally without the painful, ingrown side. You can walk right after the procedure.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.