How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Toenails

Your feet are an often overlooked, yet very important part of your body. They bear the brunt of your bodyweight all day and provide a solid foundation to stand on. However, when something causes you pain and discomfort in your feet, you suddenly realize just how vital they are to your everyday life. Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions that may have you searching for quick relief.

Dr. Mikol Anderson of Anderson Foot and Ankle in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers the following overview on how to treat and prevent ingrown toenails.

Causes of ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when your nail on your toe grows into the side of your toe. This can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

If not taken care of, ingrown toenails can become infected. There are many causes of this condition, some you can control and some you can’t. Common causes of ingrown toenails are:

Ingrown toenails can also be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes. Diabetes can cause poor circulation to your legs and feet, sometimes making you unaware of injuries or pain from an ingrown toenail.

Treatment options 

Regardless of the cause, if you’re suffering with an ingrown toenail you want immediate relief. You can do some things at home to help ease the pain. Home remedies include:

If your ingrown toenail doesn’t get better with home treatment, or you notice signs of infection, make an appointment with Dr. Anderson as soon as possible. He’ll help wipe out your infection and can offer permanent treatment of recurring ingrown nails.

He’ll remove the edge of the nail that continues to grow incorrectly. This is called a matrixectomy, and can be done right in our office. When you’ve been dealing with pain and discomfort, this may be the perfect solution.

How you can prevent this condition

You don’t have to just hope that your ingrown nails won’t come back, even with treatment. There are some things you can do to help prevent ingrown toenails from reoccurring. Here are a few prevention tips to follow:

Following these simple tips will significantly decrease your ingrown toenail from returning.

For bothersome ingrown toenails, and all your foot care needs, call our office at 801-269-9939 or request an appointment online today.


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