Here are some simple ways to prevent ingrown toenails from happening to you.
Whether you are prone to ingrown toenails or you simply want to prevent ingrown toenails from impacting the health of your feet, you’ve come to the right place. While our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal can easily treat ingrown toenails, our team also knows the importance of preventing them from happening in the first place. Here are some helpful tips to prevent ingrown toenails from happening to you,
Trim Nails Properly
Did you know that there is a right and wrong way to trim toenails? How you trim your toenails could increase your risk for ingrown toenails. A good tip to follow is to always trim nails straight across not curved, as shaping the nails by curving them at the edges increases the risk for ingrown toenails.
Maintain a Healthy Length
While you may be tempted to trim your toenails super short so you don’t have to worry about trimming your nails as often, you also increase your risk for developing ingrown toenails if you trim nails too short. If your nails are too short your shoes could place too much pressure on your toenails, causing an ingrown toenail. Instead, your toenails should be in line with the tips of your toes.
Wear Properly Fitted Shoes
Another cause of ingrown toenails is wearing shoes that are too snug. If your shoes put too much pressure on your toenails you may find yourself dealing with painful ingrown toenails more often. Your shoes should not scrunch up your toes or bunch them together. Properly fitted shoes will allow your toes to wiggle and move around freely. High heels and shoes with pointed toes are notorious for putting too much pressure on feet and toes.
Protect Feet from Injury
If you are an athlete or your job increases your chances for toe injuries, such as construction work or working in a factory, you will want to make sure that you are wearing the appropriate footwear to protect your feet. In some cases, you may need a steel-toed shoe to prevent falling objects from injuring your toes.
Perform Regular Foot Exams
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes it’s particularly important that you examine your feet daily and look for changes to your feet such as ingrown toenails. These problems should be evaluated right away by our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrists to prevent these minor issues from turning into more serious problems.
If you are prone to ingrown toenails, or currently dealing with painful ingrown toenails, our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist Dr. Rosenthal and the team at Advanced Foot Care Center are here to help. Call us at (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment.