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How can I treat an ingrowing toenail?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Cotton

Cotton between nail and skin can separate skin until nail grows out.
If however this does not work a podiatrist can cut back the nail to relieve the pressure. If this is a chronic or recurrent problem they can perform a phenol matrixectomy where the side of nail is permanently narrowed to prevent future problems.

In brief: Cotton

Cotton between nail and skin can separate skin until nail grows out.
If however this does not work a podiatrist can cut back the nail to relieve the pressure. If this is a chronic or recurrent problem they can perform a phenol matrixectomy where the side of nail is permanently narrowed to prevent future problems.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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3 doctors agree

In brief: See a podiatrist

You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection.
A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future.

In brief: See a podiatrist

You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection.
A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future.
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: I would recommend

Leaving it to the pro's.
See a podiatrist who can perform a 10 minute procedure and make that ingrown toenail history forever.

In brief: I would recommend

Leaving it to the pro's.
See a podiatrist who can perform a 10 minute procedure and make that ingrown toenail history forever.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: A few things

It might be due to a nerve impingement such as a neuroma or tarsal tunnel, neuropathy from an underlying medical condition (thyroid, circulation, diabetic issues), pain from arthritis or part of raynauds.
See a foot specialist to have this sorted out.

In brief: A few things

It might be due to a nerve impingement such as a neuroma or tarsal tunnel, neuropathy from an underlying medical condition (thyroid, circulation, diabetic issues), pain from arthritis or part of raynauds.
See a foot specialist to have this sorted out.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Joseph Newman
GLITCH! This answer was to a question regarding burning pain in the toes.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Go to a doctor

Your pain and swelling may indicate a possible infection.
Get it evaluated as soon as possible.

In brief: Go to a doctor

Your pain and swelling may indicate a possible infection.
Get it evaluated as soon as possible.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Joseph Newman
GLITCH! This answer was to a question regarding a recent burn to the sole, and pain and swelling increased.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mild, moderate, bad?

Mild cases of ingrown toenails can resolve without surgery.
A doctor can examine an ingrown nail and talk about what should be done. In mild cases, the sharp piece of the nail may be encouraged to grow over the skin or next to the skin, instead of into the skin. Sometimes, soaking the foot and toes in warm water twice a day can help. After a couple of weeks, that corner of the toenail might be ok.

In brief: Mild, moderate, bad?

Mild cases of ingrown toenails can resolve without surgery.
A doctor can examine an ingrown nail and talk about what should be done. In mild cases, the sharp piece of the nail may be encouraged to grow over the skin or next to the skin, instead of into the skin. Sometimes, soaking the foot and toes in warm water twice a day can help. After a couple of weeks, that corner of the toenail might be ok.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: A few things

It might be some fatigue in the small muscles in the foot, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel or other nerve issue, restless leg syndrome among other possibilities.
If it worsens or is bothersome enough now, see a podiatrist.

In brief: A few things

It might be some fatigue in the small muscles in the foot, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel or other nerve issue, restless leg syndrome among other possibilities.
If it worsens or is bothersome enough now, see a podiatrist.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Dr. Joseph Newman
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Dr. Joseph Newman
GLITCH! This was to a question regarding cramps in the soles of the feet.
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