For those who have seen or experienced toenail pain, you may be wondering, “Can I prevent ingrown toenails?” The good news is that you can in many cases. Keep your nails trimmed straight across, so the edges are intact and straight. Maintain an appropriately short length, as well—both too-long and too-short nails are susceptible to pressure from your shoes that could curve them. Make sure your shoes fit, too. Footwear that is too tight squeezes the toes and may cause nail trouble. Injuries are also a source of nail problems, so make sure your feet are properly protected for your activities with the correct footwear.
Sometimes, your natural nail shape may make you more prone to ingrown nails. If you have frequently recurring nail issues, you may need a more aggressive treatment. Let Dr. Sanjay Patel and our team here at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT, know about your painful toe problems. You can submit a request through our website or call either office to make an appointment with us: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, and (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.