Have you heard the phrase, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you?” The popular phrase can actually put you in a dangerous position. Often times what you don’t know can hurt you. Being unaware of a dangerous storm brewing could put a sailor at risk. When it comes to your foot health, not knowing how to prevent ingrown toenails could put you at risk for a painful toe problem.
If you have had an ingrown toenail you can most likely attest to the discomfort it can cause. This toenail problem develops when the side of the toenail curves down and presses into the surrounding skin and tissue. In severe cases you might have redness, swelling, pain, and possible infection. It can make wearing any kind of shoe highly uncomfortable. You might be unable to stay active or on your feet for long periods of time.
Prevention isn’t hard nor does it take much of your time, but these two simple tips are really effective in avoiding this toenail problem. First, proper trimming of your toenails is imperative. Always cut nails straight across with a clean, sharp trimmer. Do not round the corners, and cut them even with the ends of your toes. If you are getting a pedicure, make sure the attendant cuts them properly and not too short.
Second, avoid wearing shoes with really narrow and tight toe boxes that squeeze your toes together. Tight shoes can encourage the nail to start growing into the surrounding skin. If you are unable to monitor or care for your feet properly, make sure to find someone who can help you. Also, we need to mention that these prevention tips are especially important if you have diabetes, because even a minor ingrown toenail can become infected and lead to a serious complication.
If you have a painful ingrown toenail in need of treatment, or any other foot health concern, please contact Family Foot Care & Surgery for help. To make an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel call our office in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.
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