Healthbeat, Harvard Medical School’s publication for healthy living, has recently shared a brief article detailing how to prevent ingrown toenails. Healthbeat’s authors state that the easiest way to prevent an ingrown toenail is to cut the nails straight across as opposed to rounding the corners the way one would round fingernails. A toenail clipper should be used instead of a fingernail clipper. Shoes should allow ample room for the toes, and socks should not constrict toe movement. Cleaning beneath the toenails should also be done regularly.
Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
- Bacterial infections
- Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
- Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
- Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
- Genetic predisposition
Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.