Treating an Ingrown Toenail
By Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, P.C.
April 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Dealing with an ingrown toenail? Find out how to manage the discomfort.ingrown toenail

Most people at some point during their lifetime will deal with an ingrown toenail. While the problem is rarely serious it can certainly be painful. Our Kalispell, MT, podiatrist Dr. Esther Barnes is here to tell you more about ingrown toenails and what you can do to manage your symptoms.

While an ingrown toenail isn’t considered a serious problem for a healthy individual, the most important thing is to manage your symptoms until the problem resolves itself. Here are some ways to ease ingrown toenail discomfort:

  • Wear proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on your toes
  • Prevent an infection from brewing by applying an antibiotic cream to the infected toenail
  • Place a piece of cotton under the toenail to pull it away from the edge of the skin
  • Soak feet in warm water for 15 minutes several times a day

When should I see a doctor?

It’s important to know when you can treat a problem from the comfort of your own home and when you need to consult our Kalispell, MT, podiatric physician. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, if you have nerve damage in your feet or if you have a compromised immune system then even small problems like an ingrown toenail need to be treated right away by a foot care professional. Don’t try to treat the problem on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.

Of course, even if you are healthy you may require professional treatment if you notice that the ingrown toenail has become swollen, red, and warm to the touch, or if pus is draining from the area. These are all signs of an infection. If you have a severe ingrown toenail or if your ingrown toenail isn’t responding to at-home care then you should also give us a call. In rare cases, minor surgery may be required to remove a portion or the entire toenail.

Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT, wants to make sure that you are always one step ahead when it comes to properly caring for your feet. If you have questions about the services we offer or need to schedule an appointment with us, don’t hesitate to call us today.

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Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC has initiated a TeleHealth Service during the COVID-19 Pandemic for a number of reasons:

1.) Our top priority has always been, and continues to be, Patient, Employee, Community Health and Safety.

2.) With the primary goal of triaging, or prioritizing what's urgent and what's not, Dr. Barnes seeks to help patients with the foot concerns over the phone or computer. Caring for patients in this way, and arranging for visits in clinic if necessary (infections, ulcerations, injuries) and in a controlled environment, she hopes to do her part in allowing to the Urgent Cares and Emergencies Rooms help those with needs related to the virus. 

3.) Although Dr. Barnes obviously cannot physicially treat you or other patients over the phone or computer, she can hopefully see if your concern would be best treated physically, and arrange for this to be done. If she can help give you direction and advice over the computer or phone, she will do so. This particularly applies to you if you have foot pain, as many treatment options can be relayed in this way (stretches, shoe recommendations, orthotic recommendations). 

4.) During this time of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty, Dr. Barnes wants to do her part in helping you do the things you need to do (caring for a loved one, running outside for stress relief, or walking on a treadmill at home, for example) without foot pain interfering. She does't want you to have to wait months or an indefinite period of time for you to get back on your feet! "CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A TELEVISIT."