Preventing Ingrown Toenails: Nail And Foot Care Tips

Do you have a hobby or profession--like dancing--that is seriously hard on your feet? Learn how a podiatrist can help your feet.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails: Nail And Foot Care Tips

30 December 2017
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Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, so much so that even walking can be a difficult task. Ingrown toenails can be caused from a number of things and could end up with infection and possibly surgery. Ingrown toenails can be prevented. See below for tips on how to prevent this from happening to you. 

Wear The Right Footwear

Footwear is important in preventing ingrown toenails. Your shoes should fit your foot properly and shouldn't be too tight. Wear wide width shoes to help prevent your toes from getting smashed together, which can cause ingrown toenails and bunions. Shoes should not only fit properly, they should also not be too high of a heel so that your feet aren't being pressed forward, smashing them into the toe of the shoe. This means keeping heels under 2 inches and wearing heels that provide enough stability (no stilettos). 

Cut Nails Properly

Your nails should be cut straight across, not at an angle. Cutting at an angle will cause the nail to grow out and into the skin. Don't dig into the side of your toe in an effort to clip the ingrown nail, you'll only end up with a sore toe and a possible infection. Always use clean nail clippers and clip them straight across. If you have an issue with your nails (such as ingrown toenails or even thick nails), you should have your nails clipped by a podiatrist rather than trying to clip them yourself.

Other Tips:

  • Keep your feet dry by wearing breathable socks that help wick sweat away. If your feet sweat a lot, be sure to take off socks at night when sleeping to keep them dry. Also use an anti-fungal spray inside shoes to prevent athletes foot.
  • Soak your feet in epsom salts to help soften your feet and to help clear up any infection. Epsom salts can also soothe tired feet.
  • Toss your old gym shoes and invest in new ones that provide more support. Old gym shoes could also be harboring quite a bit of bacteria from sweating. Change up your gym shoes at least once per year.

Visit a podiatrist, like Greenberg Paul , if you are experiencing any issues with ingrown toenails. Don't try to fix the problem yourself. Clipping the ingrown nail will cause pain and infection and could worsen the problem, not make it better. Leave it to a professional to help you with your toenails.

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Hi there, I’m Samantha Duggar. Welcome to my site. As a dancer, I have to keep my podiatrist on speed dial. Bunions, blisters and broken toes are the name of the game while dancing your heart out on stage. Since the adrenaline produced during the performance masks the pain, I often cause extensive damage before noticing the problem. My podiatrist helps me minimize the pain and heal quickly so I can return to the stage as soon as possible. Please use the information on my site to help keep your feet healthy with regular visits to your podiatrist. Thanks for visiting.