Ingrown toenails may start out as irritated, puffy skin. But they can become very painful and even cause infection in your toe. While we can help relieve the pressure and remove infection, we feel it is always best to prevent ingrown toenails before they even have a chance to develop. Here are 3 strategies to help you prevent ingrown toenails.
- Wear Well-Fitted Shoes. If your shoes or socks are too tight, it can place pressure on your toes and cause ingrown toenails to develop. Leaving room in your shoes for your toes to move will be the best defense against painful nail issues. If you participate in sports that cause repetitive pressure to your toes, you may be more at risk to develop ingrown toenails.
- Trim Your Nails Correctly. If you cut your nails too short, it allows the skin to fold over the corners of your nails. It is best to cut straight across the nail without cutting too deep down the sides. If you just follow the white line on your nail, you should have a good guide to correctly trim your nails.
- Keep Your Feet Clean. Proper foot hygiene is important in preventing ingrown toenails. This will ensure that your skin and nails remain healthy and strong. If you do have trouble with a nail, keeping your feet clean can help prevent infection while your nail is growing out.
For more information on preventing ingrown toenails or the solutions we can offer you, contact us at Abbott Foot and Ankle Clinic. We can help you find relief from ingrown toenails or any other foot concerns you may have.