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Preventing Ingrown Toenails

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Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Here are some simple but effective ways to reduce your risk for an ingrown toenail.

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, causing pain, redness, and swelling. Although ingrown toenails will often go away on their own, if there is an infection or if the ingrown toenail is severe enough, it may require our podiatrists in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, Dr. Schifalacqua, Dr. Alan Weisberg, and Dr. Cassandra Stache, to remove part or all of the nail. Wondering why you keep dealing with ingrown toenails and how to prevent them? Read on to learn more.

Know the Ideal Nail Length

One of the biggest culprits for an ingrown toenail is trimming nails too short. We know that you want to avoid having to trim your nails again so soon but trimming your nails too short can put added pressure on the nails (particularly when wearing shoes).

The nails should be even with the tips of the toes. Make sure that whenever you trim your nails that you are using sterilized nail trimmers. If you have particularly thick nails, you may choose to soften them in a bath for a few minutes before trimming.

Trim Straight Across

While the idea of trimming nails at a curve may look attractive, the problem is that curving the edges of the nails increases the risk for ingrown toenails. That’s why it’s important to trim your nails straight across. If a nail is ragged or uneven, use a nail file to buff out the area and help shape and even out the nail.

Wear Shoes that Fit Properly

Shoes that are too tight and scrunch up your toes are also going to put too much pressure on your toenails. This pressure can increase your risk for ingrown toenails. If you’re looking for new shoes, it’s best to shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest (yes, feet swell throughout the day). This will ensure a better fit. You should be able to wiggle your toes around in the shoes you are wearing. If you can’t, they are too tight.

Our podiatrists are here to help

The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown, PA, want you to stay healthy and safe during these times. By practicing these simple tips above you can reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. Of course, we also understand the emergency foot and ankle problems can arise at any time. If you are dealing with an urgent situation that requires immediate care, please call our Wyomissing office at (610) 373-4154 or our Morgantown location at (610) 286-6340.