Prevention Tips for Ingrown Toenails

At Advanced Foot and Ankle, we treat many conditions for our patients that could have been prevented from developing in the first place. We certainly take pride in providing effective treatment to relieve painful symptoms and allow you to resume normal activities, but we’d much rather know that you were able to avoid any discomfort or inconvenience. With this in mind, we want to share some ingrown toenail prevention tips to lower your risk of developing this particular condition.

When a toenail becomes ingrown, it can lead to tenderness, pain, and swelling, and even raise the potential for developing an infection. This can be troublesome enough for anyone, but a potential infection is especially problematic for diabetic individuals.

If you want to take measures to reduce your risk, then follow these simple tips to prevent an ingrown toenail:

  • Trim your toenails correctly. Many cases of ingrown nails develop because of faulty trimming procedures, but this can easily be rectified. Instead of rounding off the toenails, clip them straight across. Perhaps because we tend to round off our fingernails, a lot of people do the same with the toenails, but keeping them straight is the way to go. Additionally, make sure you don’t cut them too short – your nails should line up with the edges of your toes.
  • Wear properly-fitting footwear. This tip will not only help you prevent painful ingrown nails, it can also lower your risk of many other common foot and ankle issues. Shoes that fit well have ample room in the front so that toes can wiggle freely, with about a thumb’s width of space between the front and the longest toe.
  • Wear protective footwear. If you move heavy items on a frequent basis for your job, make sure you wear steel-toed boots or safety shoes to protect your toes. Fortunately, many employers require this out of concern for their employee’s health and wellbeing.

These ingrown toenail prevention tips can help you lower the odds of developing a potentially painful condition, but Advanced Foot and Ankle can also recommend at-home treatment methods to try in the event one does develop. If prevention and at-home care are not effective, you or your loved one can receive professional treatment at our Twin Falls or Burley, ID podiatrist offices. Call (208) 731-6321 for more information or schedule an appointment online today.

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