An ingrown toenail can develop rather suddenly, and the painful and debilitating symptoms can make it hard to wear shoes or walk without severe discomfort. One of the main causes of ingrown toenails is cutting them too short. Dropping something heavy on your toes or kicking a step and stubbing your toe can also be a risk factor.
Some people are just born with overly curved toenails and have an inherent propensity for developing an ingrown toenail and other toe problems. However, by catching problems early you can decrease the pain and potential for infections.
Help prevent ingrown toenails with these tips:
- Cut your toenails properly—Aways cut your toenails as straight across as possible and keep them a little long so the edge doesn’t get under the edge of the tender skin on the edge of your toe.
- Wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box—Your footwear needs to be fitted correctly to be comfortable and supportive while still providing plenty of room in the toe box. Wearing high-heeled shoes regularly can cause many foot and ankle problems, including ingrown toenails, so maybe it’s time to dump the pumps!
- Try to do a daily foot inspection—Catching the signs of an ingrown toenail early in the development process will make it easier to treat with home remedies and will help to avoid bacterial or fungal toenail infections.
If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!