Tips to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Tips to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

ingrown toenail

Have you ever had an ingrown toenail? This condition occurs when the edge of your toenail begins to grow into the surrounding skin around the nail. If left untreated, it can become infected and painful. The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group treat both young and old patients with this common condition. Treatment is simple, but prevention is even easier. Here are three ways to prevent ingrown toenails:

Trim — and don’t tear

Bring out the clippers when it’s time to trim your toenails. Trim straight across and not too short. While clipping your toenails, have proper lighting and plenty of time. We recommend that you avoid pulling or tearing your toenail, too. This tip is helpful for parents with young children. Teach them how to clip their nails properly.

Try another size

Wearing the wrong size shoes can have many negative consequences, and ingrown toenails are an example. When your shoes are too tight, you’re increasing your risk of developing this condition. Keep in mind that your toes need plenty of wiggle room, so choose shoes with a wide toe box.

Talk to your doctor

Did you know that we inherit our foot shape from our family members? For some people, this means that they are more likely to develop ingrown toenails. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to learn more about how to prevent this common condition. From trimming with your doctor’s guidance to wearing the right shoes, we’re here to help you stay pain-free.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.