Do you suffer from painful ingrown toenails? In addition to visiting your Syracuse, NY, podiatrists at Podiatry Services of CNY for treatment, you may want to make a few changes that reduce your risk of ingrown toenails in the future.
6 ways to prevent ingrown toenails
Following these recommendations can help you avoid ingrown nails:
- Cut your toenails straight across: Rounding your toenails makes it much easier for the nails to grow into your skin.
- Leave your nails a little longer: Trimming your nails too short may lead to ingrown toenails. Keep your nails even with the tops of your toes.
- Change your socks and shoes: Do your feet get sweaty during the day? Washing your feet and putting on a fresh pair of socks and shoes not only reduces odor but also lowers your ingrown toenail risk. Moisture from sweat softens the skin surrounding your toenails and makes it easier for the nails to become ingrown.
- Treat toenail fungus promptly: Fungal infections may cause toenails to thicken and pierce your skin. If over-the-counter products don't improve your toenail fungus, your foot doctor can offer more effective treatment options.
- Don't Wear Tight Shoes and Socks: Pressure from too-tight socks or shoes drives nails into your skin, causing them to become ingrown.
- Protect Your Toes: You may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails after something falls on your feet. Wearing sturdy shoes will help protect your toe and your toenails. Injuries can also occur if your toe constantly brushes against your shoe when you run or play sports. If this happens, a new pair of shoes and orthotics can be helpful. Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that support and cushion your foot and keep it properly aligned in your shoe.
How your podiatrist can help you
Sometimes ingrown toenails can be a problem no matter how careful you are. Be sure to call your Syracuse, NY, foot doctor if you're experiencing pain from an ingrown nail or have noticed signs of infection, such as warmth, red streaks, pus on your toe, or a fever. Your podiatrist may recommend removing all or part of the nail to treat your ingrown nail. If you have frequent ingrown toenails, removing the nail permanently may be an option.
Are ingrown toenails a frequent problem for you? Call (315) 458-1777 to schedule an appointment with your podiatrists in Syracuse, NY, at Podiatry Services of CNY.