Understanding Ingrown Toenails

In-growing Toenails - the edge of your nail begins to grow into the soft flesh of your toe

What are In-growing Toenails?

Suffering from an ingrown toenail can be painful. But what causes it and what should you do about it? An ingrown toenail is when the edge of your nail begins to grow into the soft flesh of your toe. This most commonly occurs in your big toe. There are a variety of reasons for it to happen such as wearing shoes that squash your feet, an injury to your nail or cutting your nails too short or not straight across

Initially this will cause some discomfort and redness in your toe which if left untreated can lead to swelling and an infection

How to treat In-grown Toenails

Most of the time, an in-growing toe nail can be treated easily at home. If you suffer from diabetes or numb toes then you need to pay particular attention to your foot hygiene and ensure any ingrown toenail is treated early to prevent serious complications.

Here are some top feet hygiene tips
Soak your feet in warm water to help soften the skin and the nail, reducing swelling and relieving tenderness

Regular use of a simple and cheap first aid remedy such as Nail Fix ingrown toenail treatment will help to soften the nail bed, relieve the pain and prepare your nail for treatment. Nail Fix was developed by orthopaedic surgeons in Switzerland. It helps prevent ingrowing nails right from when you get that initial minor soreness, so is a product worth keeping in your first aid cupboard for when you need it.

Once your toe and nail are softened, you can then try to lift your nail out from under the skin. Repeat this regularly or add cotton or dental floss under you nail to help encourage it to grow over rather than under the skin. If your toe is infected apply some antiseptic cream.

If your ingrown toenail is more severe and you can't treat it yourself or the infection seems to be spreading you may need to see your doctor for antibiotics or a partial removal of your nail.