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Ingrowing Toe Nails / Self Care

While I am unable to see any patients due to the current COVID 19 crisis, I thought I would inform people of specific feet conditions and how to self-care.


The first condition is - ingrowing toenail.


An ingrown toenail is where your nail grows into the skin of your toe, usually your big toe.


Symptoms of an ingrown toenail include a painful and swollen toe. Your toenail may also curve into the side of your toe.


Do:


  • soak your foot in warm water 3 to 4 times a day for a few days – this softens the skin around your toe and stops the nail growing into it

  • keep your foot dry for the rest of the day

  • wear wide, comfortable shoes or sandals

  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain


Don't:


  • do not cut your toenail – leave it to grow out

  • do not pick at your toe or toenail

  • do not wear tight, pointy shoes


You will need to book an appointment with a foot specialist to discuss a future treatment plan.

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