Dealing with an ingrown toenail can be a real pain. When your sharp nail pushes into the tender skin on the edge of your toe, it will cause redness, swelling, and oozing which may be the sign of a fungal toenail infection. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to avoid getting an ingrown toenail in the first place.
Proven ways to help avoid ingrown toenails include:
- Correct nail cutting method—Cut your nails as straight across as possible, with only a slight curve. Try to make them the same length as your toe tips. Cutting them too short is a major cause of ingrown toenails. Keep your toenail clippers clean with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide before and after each use to avoid bacterial and fungal contamination that could lead to a fungal toenail infection. Never share your foot care products with others for the same reason.
- Properly fitting footwear—Excess pressure on your toes from shoes that are too tight can push your toes together and increase the chances of developing an ingrown toenail. Wear shoes with a wide toe box to decrease the side pressure on your toes.
- Foot protection—Another common cause of an ingrown toenail is an injury to the foot. This can happen by dropping a heavy weight on your toes or from stubbing your toe. Keeping your feet protected with sturdy shoes and avoiding walking in bare feet will help to avoid these types of injuries.
Despite your best efforts, you may still experience a painful ingrown toenail and need the expertise of your podiatrist. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.