How To Avoid Ingrown Toenails

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The pain and discomfort caused by an ingrown toenail can occur gradually. You may not even be able to easily determine the problem until you see redness, swelling, and oozing where the edge of the toenail contacts the tender skin.  As the nail continues to grow, it can be extremely debilitating especially when you try to wear shoes. The wound is also a way for fungal toenail or bacterial infections to gain a foothold. 

Ingrown toenails can be minimized and avoided with some simple techniques:

  • Trim your nails properly—Ingrown toenails often begin because the toenail is cut too short. This allows the edge of the nail to start growing into the skin. However, if you are careful to keep your toenails a little long and extended slightly beyond the end of your toe, they are less likely to grow into the skin and cause pain.        

  •  Wear shoes that fit correctly—Your shoes should always be properly fitted and sized every time you buy new shoes. Always choose shoes that have a wide toe box so the toes are not pushed together. Excess pressure on the edge of the toes can cause the nail to grow inward.

  •  Use proper arch supports—Having poorly-treated flat feet can cause overpronation which is the name for rolling your foot outward when your walk. Having poorly-supported arches increases the pressure and stress on the toes and can contribute to the formation of ingrown toenails and other foot and ankle problems.

 If you are experiencing painful ingrown toenails, it is essential to seek the expert care of your foot doctor to ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.