Ingrown Toenail Relief

How to Get Relief from an Ingrown Toenail


Some ingrown toenails are treatable. Often home remedies can provide us at the very least some temporary relief.


If you have sore toes from an ingrown toenail you can...

  • Start by soaking your feet in warm water for an hour a day at 20 minutes per soak and you can also add Epsom salt. This should help with the swelling and pain.

  • After soaking, you can prop up your toenail with dental floss so that you can guide your toenail to grow properly.

  • Also, after each soak, apply antibiotic cream in the tender area and wrap with a band-aid to protect.

  • Depending on your activity, try keeping your feet as unconstrained as possible and even wearing open-toed sandals can help.

  • Finally, pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help ease the toe pain.


Still in extreme pain? We can help.

Contact us at (905) 662-9835 and we can get you started in the right direction.




Anyone that has ever had an ingrown toenail wish they knew these tips. At Parkway Back & Foot, we equally stress educating our clients to prevent these painful ailments from happening in the future.


Here are a few tips:

  • Trim your toenails straight across and try not to angle your nails to match the shape of the front of your toe.

  • If you have your toenails done at a nail salon, be sure to tell your pedicurist to trim your nails straight across.

  • If you have poor circulation or blood flow to your feet and find it difficult to trim your toenails, see a podiatrist or other regularly and get your nails trimmed. It's worth the pain you will save.

  • Keep toenails at a moderate length so they're even with the tips of your toes. Not too long and for certain not too short. Toenails that are too short often bend to pressure of the shoe and can grow right into the skin.

  • Wear shoes that fit. Period. Shoes that pressure your toes or pinch them may cause a nail to grow into surrounding tissue. If you have nerve damage to your feet, you may not be able to feel when your shoes fit too tight.

  • If you have persistent feet problems, do not hesitate to go to a store and get some extra guidance on fit. 

  • Wear protective footwear. If your work puts you at risk of injuring your toes, wear protective footwear, such as steel-toed shoes.

  • Check your feet. For those with diabetes, it is imperative to regularly look for these common problems and stay on top.


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