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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Welcome to my blog! My name is Geoff. I have always been a sporty kind of chap. I love to go long distance running and I also play football and rugby. One day after a long run, I had a terrible pain in my foot. I thought I had just been overdoing it a little bit, so I decided to rest up. A week later, it was no better. I was still in a lot of pain and had to drop out of a couple of football matches. My doctor sent me to see a podiatrist who examined my foot and explained I had damaged a ligament. The podiatrist helped me to get back to full health. I decided to start this blog to explain the importance of good foot care.

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

DIY Remedies to Manage an Ingrown Toenail at Home

by Samuel Snyder

Ingrown toenails are painful. When the pain sets in at a time that you cannot visit a podiatrist immediately, it is crucial to have home remedies that you can utilize before receiving treatment. Some of the DIY remedies can even help in getting rid of the ingrown toenail. Here are some of the top solutions that comprise of things that are readily available in your kitchen or bathroom.

Soak in warm water

Warm water is an excellent solution for relieving pain and reducing inflammation that's caused by an ingrown toenail. It also helps in getting rid of dirt from the corners of the nails, which will lessen your chances of getting an infection.

Fill warm water in a basin and soak the affected foot in it for around twenty minutes. Use a cotton ball and gently push skin away from the ingrown tail. Take your nail cutter and trim away the poking part of the nail.

Apply clove oil

Clove oil is an ingredient that's found in most people's pantry, but it is useful in more ways than just cooking. The oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties that can help to fight off an infection in open wounds. It also acts as a natural sedative that can be used to numb an inflamed area and relieve pain.

Before using clove oil, soak your foot in warm water for around ten minutes and then dry it. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil, and apply it on the ingrown nail and the area around it. You can use this remedy a few times a day until you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Use Epsom salt

Salt is a natural disinfectant that can be used on wounds to kill bacteria and germs and prevent an infection. It is equally useful in the management of an ingrown toenail. Its antibacterial properties aid in cleaning the area and providing relief from the pain.

To use this remedy, fill a basin with warm water and mix in half a cup of Epsom salt. Dip the affected foot into the water and soak it for half an hour. You can do this twice a day to ease the pain and lower your risk of getting an infection.

Don't forget to visit a podiatrist for medical treatment and possibly ingrown toenail surgery if they determine you need it. They will also advise on ways to prevent an ingrown toenail in the future.