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The Cardinal Sin of Ingrown Nails Part 2 of 3

How Podiatrist Remove Ingrown Nails & What 5 things you can do to prevent them.

Following on from Part 1 of our Cardinal Sin Series of Ingrown Nails, below are our 5 DIY virtues that help in preventing ingrown nails (link).


What are my Virtues?

Here are my top 4 DIY (do it yourself) virtues that will prevent ingrown nails.

  1. Soaking your feet in a warm water foot bath with epsom salts, I would also consider adding in a couple of drops of Povidone-Iodine (Betadine) OR Clove essential oil into the mix for antimicrobial action. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes and dry thoroughly as excessive damp skin can be penetrated easily.
  2. Wear shoes that compliment the shape of your feet as much as possible — keep in mind that knit fabric shoes don’t always mean they will prevent ingrown nails!

here are a few of Footwear Brands that I highly recommend

– Bared Footwear (Mens & Women)

– The Athletes Foot (For everyone) 

  Bobux footwear (Kids) 

  1. Pack the area with cotton — Not every medical school agrees however it won’t cause damage to try. I would soak the small piece of cotton wool in alcohol and betadine before applying it to the skin fold and just under the edge of the ingrown nail to encourage proper nail growth. (Here are some links below with some more information about this)
  2. Cut your nails straight across, no shorter than the tip of your toe (figure 2). If you are unsure, book in an appointment and we will be happy to help.
Stages of nail growing incorrectly

If your symptoms persist after you try home care, our Podiatrists may need to treat the problem. We will always try conservative treatment for a period of time before discussing ingrown nail surgery (More on this in our next coming blog).

What’s involved in an ingrown nail treatment consult? I’m glad you asked, because it really depends on your presenting symptoms, commonly we just gently remove the offending nail spicule (a slither) that’s lodging itself into the soft tissue, if the pain is too much we are able to administer Local Anaesthetic which

provides temporary numbness and pain relief.

Fig.2 Stages of nail growing incorrectly

Look Forward Seeing You in Our Next Blog discussing all things you need to know about ingrown nail surgery! 🙂 Leave a comment below if there is anything that you would like us to discuss or if you are unsure about the topic discussed.

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