Ingrown Toenails: How to Wedge a Way Out

December 31, 2006

To immediately relieve pain from aningrown toenail, tell patients to soakthe affected foot in warm water for3 minutes to make the nail pliable.

To immediately relieve pain from aningrown toenail, tell patients to soakthe affected foot in warm water for3 minutes to make the nail pliable.Next, have them fold a small pieceof tissue paper (about half the sizeof a penny) and carefully wedge itunder the nail with the end of a largeopened paper clip, right at the painfulspot. Every 2 to 3 days remove theold tissue and repeat the process.After 2 or 3 treatments the nail usuallygrows properly and not into thetender toe skin.-- John M. R. Kuhn, MD
   Weston, Wis