Once you’ve identified that you have an ingrown toenail, it is important to make a plan of your next steps so that you can get it taken care of as soon as possible. Ingrown toenails tend to worsen as time goes on, so the best thing to do when you have one is make your plan immediately. The plan you make should depend on your ingrown symptoms and how severe the condition is.
If your ingrown is in its developing stages and is still relatively mild, one option for next steps you can take is to try at home remedies. There are two main helpful things you can do for an ingrown toenail at home. The first, and perhaps most important, is to rest! Since ingrown toenails are usually caused by the shoe pressuring the toe during physical activity, make sure to refrain from sports and physical exercise until it has healed. Additionally, try to avoid being on your feet as much as possible. The other step you can take at home is to soak your toe in epsom salts and warm water.
If your ingrown has gotten to a point where it interferes with your daily life, your next steps will need to be a little more aggressive. The best thing to do in this situation is to see a podiatrist. They will be able to diagnose your issue and provide you with the most appropriate treatment for your condition. If your ingrown has become infected, next steps must include a visit to a licensed podiatrist. This is important with an infection because a podiatrist will be able to prescribe antibiotics if necessary to combat the infection. To schedule a consultation with a podiatrist, give us a call at (424)-299-4627 or visit our website for more information.