How to Avoid A Ingrowing Toe nail
By: Zara Butti MAFHP MCFHP Foot Health Practitioner
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail is a necessity when cutting your own toenails.
If you cut the toenails too short or cut down the sides of the toenails then you will be in trouble.and
Within a few days the toenail will begin to feel sore along the side of the skin of the toenail.
The toe will become red and swollen looking, and finally a infection will form noticeably by a yellow or green pus in the skin. This then causes the skin to swell up and over the the side of the toenail and covering the toenail with a fleshy looking mass.
The end result is a painful ingrown toenail.
Simple tips to avoiding a ingrowing toe nail
- Do not cut your toenails too short
- When trimming your toenails cut them straight across were possible
- Get someone else to cut your toenails for you.
- Do not wear tight fitting shoes that will pinch the toes
- Walking barefoot around the house increases your chances in stubbing your toes, this may cause the toenail to jolt and split and cause and ingrown nail.
- Seek professional advice if you are diabetic or can see an infection forming
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail and prevent bacteria and infections
If your big toenail looks like the one above one you have a BIG problem as you now have an ingrown toenail.
The toe will look red down the side and may be red all over the tip too. Your toe will be feeling very hot and pulsating in imagine and very sensitive to touch and sore in shoes. DON`T PANIC
Whats happened here is your Toenail has a split / a jagged piece of toenail or just plain irritating the skin. This most likely has been caused by poor or too low cutting.
Until this piece of toenail is removed or the toenail recovers naturally your ingrowing toe nail will not recover.
I get frustrated by patients who call me up and need help with a ingrown toenail and their doctor has had them taking antibiotics for the past few weeks and the toenail is still red and the pain is still there.
SIMPLE: REMOVE THE PIECE OF TOENAIL CAUSING THE PROBLEM AND THE TOE WILL NATURALLY HEAL IT SELF!
2 EASY STEPS TO HEAL AN INGROWING TOE NAIL
STAGE 1 :The first thing you need to do to help the swelling of the toes infected state and to encourage natural healing is to soak your feet in salty water.
Grab a bowl of warm water not hot and add 3 tablespoons of table salt.
Salt is a natural healer and will help kill any infection you have around the toenail. Repeat this twice a day.
You may want to protect the toe avoiding ingrown toenail pain in your shoes. Applying a plaster all day will actually encourage more bacteria growth and the infection to get worse!
If you do want to cover the toe i usually advise my patients to use micropore which allows the skin to breath or a plaster with iodine in the padding.
Remove the plaster when you are home and soak your foot in salty water.
Whats important when treating an Ingrowing toe nail is to keep the toenail clean this way the infection will not get worse.
STAGE 2 i do and get my patients to apply 2-3 times a day is to use salon dry or betadine which are iodine sprays.
Benefits of Dry Iodine Sprays
Dry Antiseptic Powder Sprays are easy to use.
The benefits of iodine have been used for years in medicine. Its an antiseptic and heals infection.
A Spray makes life easy without needing to touch the affected area itself. Once sprayed, the powder forms a protective antiseptic layer that helps to prevent further bacterial infection and aids the healing process.
The combination of soaking your feet in salty water and spraying the toe with an antiseptic iodine spray
in my opinion is the best way to ease the pain and eliminate the infection .
Once the redness and soreness begins to go you can then begin to think about removing the piece of toenail that is causing the pain.
And if there is no piece of toenail just irritation continue the treatments to help long term healing.
3 Tips to Avoid ingrowing toe nail from reoccurring
- If your toenails are naturally curly or involuted , thick or split, use a i Ingrowing toe nail softener. These solutions prevent infections and redness reoccurring and encourage natural looking and growing toenails.
- If you play sports where pressure is applied to the toes like football, basketball and running try a silicone gel toecap to protect the tip of the toes from pressure and trauma.
- Use the best tool for the job! When cutting your toenails make sure you use a podiatry quality toenail clipper or nipper. Its tricky cutting your own toenails but i use Tweezerman Deluxe Nail Clipper Set on my own nails as i can’t get the right angle using the professional clippers i use on my patients which cut accurately .
I just wanted to finish up by thanking you for reading this post and if you have found this information of some value that you would share or like with friends.
I have been working with patients for the past 13 years and i am enjoy sharing my self help tips i think will benefit patients with foot health problems and appreciate your feedback.
If you have any questions or need assistance on avoiding ingrown toenails please leave me a comment below and i will answer you back.
Avoiding ingrowing toe nail resources:
- Watch this video by the NHS discussing ingrown toenails the causes and how you can avoid them in the first place . WATCH VIDEO Credit :NHS CHOICES
- Dr Foot Is the worlds most comprehensive foot health site with “how to facts” and videos. They offer a full range of podiatry products including ingrown toenail solutions and toe protection caps.