Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem for people of all ages and are usually the result of tight shoes, improperly trimmed toenails, or injury to the toenail area. The painful, irritated ingrown nail often becomes infected and treatment by a podiatrist is necessary. Temporary relief can be obtained by soaking the foot in warm water with Epsom salts. The doctor will remove the nail or a portion of the nail and cauterize the nail root so it will not grow back. The procedure is relatively painless and normal physical activities can generally resume the following day.
Never wear shoes that are too tight. Always trim toenails straight across. Do not invade the nail bed by trimming too short or too deep into the margins.
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