You can feel them before you see them. They are painful, stressful, and if left untreated, can be hazardous to your health. It is the ingrown toenail.
Family Foot Center knows the signs, as well as the repercussions, of the ingrown toenail, and is here to present you with a list of tips for preventing these pesky, painful things from happening.
Regularly trim your toenails: Leaving toenails untrimmed is not only unsightly, but can also cause your toenails to grow at odd angles, puncturing the skin and leaving your toe open for infection. By regularly trimming, you can ensure that your toenails only grow as much as you choose to let them.
Consider a pedicure: Pedicures are a surefire way to prevent strange toenail growth. When you are not used to cutting your own toenails, you can cut them in ways that will lead them to grow into your skin, causing an ingrown toenail. A trained professional at a nail salon will be able to trim them accurately, keeping you free from infection.
Don’t wear your shoes too tight: Tight shoes are the number one cause of ingrown toenail growth. When your shoes are too narrow in the toe, it causes your toes to scrunch together, pushing the nails into the skin at odd angles, and encouraging the growth of ingrown toenails. Opt instead for wider-toed shoes that allow you room to wiggle.
Take action at the first sign of an ingrown toenail: Ingrown toenails are painful, and when left untreated can contract an infection as serious as gangrene, which is life-threatening when left untreated. If you suspect the start of an ingrown toenail and are not able to take care of it yourself, then schedule an appointment with a foot doctor, such as Family Foot Center.
At Family Foot Center, we have a team of professionals with years of experience in foot care. Whatever your ailment, we will provide you with the best possible options for taking care of your feet, ankles and toes. Schedule a consult today, and stop living with ankle and foot pain.