Injury to the toenail, toenail fungus, or ingrown toenails can lead to toenail pain. Generally, ingrown toenails are often the source of toenail pain. It is caused because the nail has been clipped incorrectly.
In order to treat toenail pain, there are several different methods for treating pain in the toenail. A visit to doctor is suggested if the toenail appears to be infected, appears very swollen, or pus is present. In rare cases, toenail infection may develop cysts or other growths around the toenail, which can be painful. The doctor may prescribe you antibiotics. Once the infection clears up, the toenail starts to grow out and the pain should be relieved. In some situation, surgery is required.
The pain can be treated at home. An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail is clipped with a rounded edge, and as it grows, the nail grows into the skin along the side of the toenail. Soaking your foot in a bath of warm water and epsom salts for approximately ten to twenty minutes is suggested in such situation. It can soften the skin around the toenail. Once the skin is soft, gently push it away from the nail until the ingrown nail separates from the skin.
It is very essential to catch ingrown toenails early before they become too deeply embedded. Apply a bit of antiseptic ointment after removing ingrown nail. It should be continued every day until the nail grows out enough. Be cautious, not to cut toenails straight across, not with a rounded edge or into a "V" shape.
By wearing properly fitting shoes, you can avoid the pain to some extend. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can cause damage over time to the toenail, which can be painful. If the reason behind the toenail pain is nail fungus, then there are several ways to treat the fungus, including oral medications or soaking the feet in a mixture of water and vinegar. If the nail pain is caused from a stubbed toe or dropping something heavy on your foot, then make sure that fracture did not occur in one of the bones of the toe. In such situation, treat the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.