There are numerous reasons why our podiatry practice wants to know that you are safe and well. Our top concern here at Palm Bach Podiatry is your health, of course, but we also want you to be able to enjoy all the wonderful resources offered by our Boynton Beach community. One such resource is the Art in Public Places program, which infuses the city with artistic flavor for residents to enjoy. When we perform podiatry services, like treating ingrown toenails, part of our satisfaction is knowing you can explore the community without suffering from foot pain.
Certain cases of ingrown toenails, particularly those that are severe, will require professional treatment, but you can try home remedies first to see if they are sufficient. Home care includes:
- Soaking your feet. For 15 to 20 minutes, soak your feet in warm water to relieve tenderness and reduce swelling. Do this three or four times a day.
- Separating the nail and skin. After you have soaked the affected foot, place fresh, waxed dental floss or bits of cotton under ingrown edges of problem nails. This encourages the nail to grow above the edge of the skin, but make sure to follow the next step to avoid infection.
- Applying antibiotic product. Use antibiotic cream or ointment on the affected area, especially when you are using cotton or floss to separate the nail and skin, and then cover it with a fresh bandage.
- Choosing sensible footwear. If it possible, opt for sandals or open-toed shoes until the condition has improved.
- Taking medication. Over-the-counter pain relievers and medication can help to ease any pain and reduce swelling in the area. Be sure to check with our office for recommended dosages and types.
These home remedies should be quite successful for treating mild ingrown toenails. If your case is severe, especially if the nail is piercing your skin or you are diabetic, come in to one of our three southeast Florida locations for the professional treatment and care you need. Contact us today by calling our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773, our Fort Pierce office at (772) 468-0089, or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-3100. You can also schedule an appointment at any of our offices online today.