An ingrown toenail can be very uncomfortable, and could even lead to an infection if left untreated. That’s why the team at Westside Podiatry Group, with locations in Greece, Brighton, and Gates, NY, recommends taking steps to prevent them in the first place. While some people are simply more prone to this issue due to genetics, many develop ingrown toenails because of behaviors they can correct. To avoid this painful condition, follow this advice from expert podiatrists.
3 Ways to Prevent Ingrown Toenails
1. Choose the Right Footwear
Shoes that are too tight around the toes will often cause toenails to grow into the skin, instead of over it like they naturally should. That’s why you should make sure your shoes aren’t excessively tight. Excessive sweating can increase the odds of developing an infection if your toenail is ingrown. Thus, it’s smart to avoid non-breathable synthetic materials that are more likely to contribute to sweating.
2. Be Careful When Cutting Your Toenails
Podiatrists recommend cutting your toenails, so they appear straight. Cutting too low increases the risk of one of them becoming ingrown; cutting them in a curved shape does too. Also, while pedicurists often try to cut cuticles, don’t let them, as this also increases the risk of developing ingrown toenails.
3. Protect Your Toes
Trauma to the toe area also contributes to this problem. That’s why it’s important to protect them if you play sports or exercise on a regular basis. Wear proper footwear and protective gear during these activities. Doing so limits the odds that you’ll experience foot trauma.
Ingrown toenails can cause everything from minor foot pain to significant infections. While you can take steps to prevent them, your efforts may not always be successful. If they aren’t, the professionals at Westside Podiatry Group will determine the best treatment for your needs. Contact them online for more information or call (585) 506-9790 for the Rochester location, (585) 225-2290 for Greece, or (585) 247-2170 for Gates.