South Hills Foot and Ankle Associates

Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails can develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is trimming the toenail incorrectly. This causes the nail to re-grow into the skin which leads to hard, swollen or tender skin around the toe. If left untreated, infection can occur. The easiest way to avoid ingrown nails is to trim the nail properly using a sterile nail clipper. Cut the nail straight across with no rounded corners. If an ingrown nail does occur, the following regimen is recommended:

  • Soak Feet in warm salt water several times a day
  • Dry feet thoroughly using a clean towel
  • Apply mild antiseptic solution to the area
  • Bandage the toe
  • If inflammation continues, consult your podiatrist immediately

Greentree office

412-563-1440

McMurray office

724-969-4002