Trimming your toenails is a part of your regular routine. Sometimes, in an effort to get done quickly or to perfect the look of your nail, you might accidentally trim a little too much. At first it doesn’t seem like a big deal but as your toenail continues to grow, you could experience the pain of an ingrown toenail.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
If you’ve ever had a painful ingrown toenail, you know how important it is to prevent them. Here are a few ways you can avoid this common nail condition:
Make sure you’re cutting your toenails properly. The best and easiest way to prevent ingrown toenails is to properly cut each toe. Instead of cutting your toenails straight across, try to round the edges.
Avoid wearing tight shoes. Tight shoes or pointy shoes can squeeze your toes together. Over time, this can cause you to develop ingrown toenails. This is an especially big problem for women who wear high heels to work and for children’s feet when students participate in sports.
In some cases, your toes might be genetically predisposed to having ingrown toenails. If you have a wide toenail, you might be more likely to experience an ingrown nail only because of the shape of your toe. If this is the case, take extra caution when giving yourself a pedicure and choosing your shoes.
Ingrown Toenail Treatments
Don’t wait for your ingrown toenail to go away on its own. With treatment by a podiatrist, you can be sure that no other foot condition was caused by your irregular nail growth. This includes infection and other skin disorders.
Your podiatrist will also examine why you experienced an ingrown toenail. If it was due to a genetic condition, you will receive a treatment plan that will not only cure your pain from the existing ingrown toenail but also help you prevent any future problems with your nails.
Get in touch with our office today by calling us at either our Roanoke office at 855-997-2367 or our Blacksburg office at 855-981-0577 to learn more about how we can help you prevent and treat your ingrown toenails.