Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

How Proper Trimming Can Help You Avoid Ingrown Toenails

There are many causes for ingrown toenails. Tight-fitting shoes, sweaty feet, and the shape of your nails are all factors that may determine whether or not you develop this painful ailment. Poorly cut toenails can cause you to develop an ingrown toenail; if you want to avoid this, you should practice cutting your nails properly. It is advised that you trim your nails straight across so that the edges cannot dig into the surrounding skin. Another way to help prevent ingrown toenails is to keep your feet clean and wear shoes and socks that provide enough space for your feet to move. A helpful way to move your skin away from the nail is to soften it with olive oil, and then use a cotton bud to shift it away. If you are struggling with pain from an ingrown toenail, you should visit your podiatrist right away.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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