Ingrown toenails are no fun. If you have ever had one, you know how painful they can be and often times, you won’t know what to do with them. This can lead to a painful and pricey trip to the podiatrist to get them taken care of. Whether you knew it or not, you can actually deal with your ingrown toenails at home and get the same effects you’d get at the podiatrist, at least temporarily. Here’s the deal on how to do it.
Soak Your Feet!
Obviously, the first thing you will want to do if you have an ingrown toenail is to soak your feet. Believe it or not, this will actually help a lot and it will feel really good. You will want to get a basin of water, as hot as you can stand it, and soak your feet in it for at least fifteen minutes, if not longer. When you soak your feet in the water, it will soften the skin and make it easier for you to push back so you can attempt to cut the piece of nail that is cutting into your skin. You will also want to add some Epsom salts to the water so that you can moisturize your feet, and it will help relax you as well. When you get your feet out of the soak, you can work on the next step.
What to Do Next
The next thing you will want to do is to get out a pair of manicure scissors and work on cutting your nail. If it’s a bit painful for you, you can always use some Dibucaine ointment to numb it up a little bit or use a piece of ice. You will want to be sure that you trim the portion of the nail that is cutting into your skin causing pain. If you can get it trimmed, you can get it out by using a pair of tweezers as well. Once you have successfully removed the portion of the nail, you should be fine. Be sure to keep the nail trimmed properly but if things get worse, you may need to have it examined by a podiatrist.
Everyone gets ingrown toenails no matter how good of care they take of their feet. It is something that often times, cannot be avoided. The best thing you can do is to know how to deal with this painful problem at home so that if you have an ingrown, you will know what to do. Remember that if the problem gets too bad, you can always go to the podiatrist. Good luck to you!