How to Prevent and Treat and Ingrown Toenail

California is known for our never-ending summers, but an unsightly and painful ingrown toenail can put a damper your plans. While it is only March, summer will be here before you know it.   This common foot condition is easy to prevent and easy to treat, so you can stop wasting your time in pain and get back to enjoying your life!

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin instead of upward. You will notice pain, redness, and swelling. It can even result in an infection if not taken care of right away.

You can usually treat an ingrown toenail at home by soaking it in warm, clean water and gently pushing back the skin where the nail has pierced through.

To prevent a nail from growing into the skin, make sure you trim them straight across, and wear shoes that give your toes plenty of wiggle room.

In certain cases, a podiatrist’s attention will be needed. One of the ways a foot specialist can help is by lifting the nail so that it grows the right way. In other cases, you may need to have your nail partially or fully removed, and some of the surrounding tissue may need to be detached as well. If you see signs of puss in the area, it could be a sign of infection and you might need a course of antibiotics to treat it.

If you are suffering from a painful ingrown toenail, call Dr. John Hollander today at (707) 578-1222 to schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office. We can help get your feet back to feeling good and ready for your next outdoor adventure!