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How to Avoid Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful, embarrassing, and—at worst—may even become infected, swollen, red, or purulent. You can put yourself more at risk of getting an ingrown toenail if you trim your nails improperly or too short. Your toenails should be cut straight across, but not so short that they grow into the surrounding skin. Ill-fitting shoes, tight socks, and sweaty feet can compromise the skin around your toes and make it easier for your nail to pierce or press into the skin and eventually grow into it. Even stubbing your toe or other injuries can make it more likely for an ingrown toenail to develop. If your ingrown toenail progresses, a podiatrist has a variety of treatments to relieve pain and pressure, and to prevent infection.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Biebel & DeCotiis Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as 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

Prevention

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.

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Holmdel and Middletown, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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