FAQ: Ingrown Toenails
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail can be painful and irritating. It can even lead to other conditions like a fungal infection. In order to prevent ingrown toenails you need to take a little extra care with your feet. When trimming or clipping your nails, make sure you don’t cut them too short. Cut straight across—not curved at the corners—and then file the rough edges smooth. You should also wear shoes that fit you properly. Footwear that is too tight at the front end can lead to an ingrown nail, because it presses against your toes. Pick styles that have room for your toes to wiggle freely. Repeated trauma or stress to your feet can also lead to an ingrown nail. If you play sports, wear protective shoes that will keep your nails from being injured.
If you have more questions about preventing or treating an ingrown toenail, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell today to schedule an appointment. Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC is dedicated to maintaining the health of your feet so you don’t have to suffer needlessly.