Patients can fix ingrown toenails by encouraging the nail to grow upwards instead of into the skin, according to Mayo Clinic. If this solution doesn't work, doctors or specialized nail technicians can fix the nail with more advanced methods.
Soaking the foot in warm water helps soften the skin around the nail and may give relief. After soaking, patients can wedge a small piece of dental floss or cotton under the ingrown nail so that the nail can start to grow in the right direction, according to Mayo Clinic. Antibiotic cream and daily replacement of the floss or cotton can help prevent infections.