Most of us have experienced the pain and suffering from an ingrown toenail – but you need not to worry any more! Fortunately there are several measures you can take to prevent them from occurring. Here are some handy tips to prevent ingrown toenails:
1. Proper nail cutting technique: Trim your toenails straight across and avoid rounding the corners. Cutting the nails too short or at an angle increases the likelihood of the nail growing into the surrounding skin. Use a nail clipper and gently file the edges to smoothen any rough areas.
2. Wear well-fitting shoes: Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow in the toe box, as they can compress the toes and promote ingrown toenails. Choose footwear that provides enough room for your toes to move comfortably.
3. Maintain good foot hygiene: Keeping your feet clean and dry is essential in preventing ingrown toenails. Regularly wash your feet with mild soap and water, and thoroughly dry them, especially in between the toes. Excessive moisture of the skin in between your toes can lead to softening of the skin, making it more prone for the nail to protrude into it and causing ingrown nails.
4. Protect your feet: If you engage in activities that may increase the risk of toe injury, such as sports or heavy lifting, consider wearing protective footwear or toe caps. Preventing trauma to the toes can reduce the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails.
If you have a recurring or severe problem with ingrown toenails, please contact us at the clinic and we will be more than happy to take you through a variety of treatment options, including conservative and surgical options. We also advise that if you are currently experiencing ingrown nail pain, to not attempt to cut the nail out yourself as this can cause more damage, pain and possible infection.
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