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By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
October 16, 2014
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Tips to relieve ingrown toenail painSometimes amazing sights lurk below what we can see on the surface, much like an iceberg. That’s certainly the case for the Crystal Cave Park. The caves are a wonder, hidden just out of sight under the earth. Some things that aren’t visible aren’t as nice as this natural Pennsylvania wonder. Ingrown toenails end up hidden under your skin, for example, and they can be pretty uncomfortable. Fortunately, home remedies can help relieve your discomfort.

Ingrown toenails are painful, and do not improve without treatment. They are also prone to infections, particularly if the hard keratin pierces the skin. Taking care of these uncomfortable nails can alleviate your pain and prevent infections. Here are a few home remedies for you to try:

  • Warm Soak – Mix Epsom salts and warm water in a basin. Soak your feet for 15 minutes, several times a day. This helps reduce swelling and discomfort around the painful nail. If you have diabetes or any other condition that weakens your nerves, check with our West Lawn Podiatry Associates team before soaking your feet to make sure it’s safe for you.
  • Nail Splint – If your ingrown nail is still in the early stages, lift the offending edge free of your skin and place a “splint” of dental floss or sterile cotton underneath to prevent the nail from curling. This may help the keratin grow straighter instead of curving inward.
  • Antibiotics – Rub the area around the ingrown nail with antibiotic ointment. This combats infection in the vulnerable skin.
  • Padded Bandages – Bandage the affected toe. This adds a layer of padding between your nail, skin, and footwear. It may help protect your sensitive toe from friction.
  • Roomy Shoes – Choose soft, roomy shoes with both wide and deep toe boxes. Tight, narrow models will press down on your ingrown toenail, hurting it. Roomy shoes made from soft materials allow your digits to wiggle and move without the pressure that can contribute to curling nails.

These home remedies are simple, easy to fit into your day, and helpful for relieving pain from ingrown toenails. You don’t have to suffer with toe pain at all. Let our West Lawn Podiatry Associates team help you. Just call (610) 678-4581 or use our website contact form to reach us for more information or an appointment.

By Dr. Paul C. LaFata
August 28, 2014
Category: Ingrown Toenails

Proper toenail trimming prevents ingrown toenailsSometimes trying something new, like dancing, is a great way to get active. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Reading periodically hosts community dances and offers lessons to anyone looking to learn—whether you’re graceful or have two left feet. Developing ingrown toenails could put a damper on your dancing, though, so make sure you take care of your digits before you have pain.

Preventing this problem largely revolves around paying attention to your nails and to your footwear. Good nail care and properly fitting shoes that don’t put unnecessary pressure on the digits can go a long way in helping prevent painful problems. Here are a few important tips to remember:

Nail Care:

  • Clip your nails regularly so they don’t get too long.
  • Trim them so they stay roughly even with the ends of your toes. Too-short nails can also cause problems for your feet.
  • Cut the keratin straight across so the edges are left intact. This makes it less likely that one side will curl as it grows out.


  • Avoid shoes with pointed toes and high heels. These can pinch the ends of the toes, or shove the digits into the front of the shoe, and cause nail damage.
  • Make sure footwear is the correct length, so you have roughly half an inch between your foot and the end of your shoe.
  • Avoid socks and stockings that squeeze the end of the foot. These may encourage the keratin tissue to curve.
  • Wear footwear that is appropriate for your activities, so you’re less likely to injure your toes.

Taking care of your digits is worthwhile in the end. It’s much better to prevent pain from ingrown toenails than to have to deal with the discomfort! If you develop nail problems, the sooner you take care of them, the easier it will be to manage the pain. Let us help you here at West Lawn Podiatry Associates, serving West Lawn, Reading, and the surrounding areas. You can make an appointment with us by calling (610) 678-4581 or submitting a request through our website.

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