Are some of your bad habits putting you at risk for developing an ingrown toenail?
While ingrown toenails are pretty common, it doesn’t make them any less bearable. No one wants to deal with a painful, sore toenail; however, find out if some of your daily habits might be leaving you prone to developing an ingrown toenail. You may just be surprised.
What are ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that results when the side of the toenails grows into the skin. This often causes inflammation, pain, and tenderness. While ingrown toenails can appear on any toe, they most often occur on the big toe.
What are the causes of ingrown toenails?
There are several reasons why you may be dealing with an ingrown toenail. The most common cause comes from improperly clipping your toenails. If you cut your toenails too short or if you try to cut them at a curve or angle, you leave your toenail prone to this painful issue.
If you are guilty of shoving your feet into shoes that are extremely pointed in the front or crowd the toes, then you may also find yourself dealing with an ingrown toenail. Also, direct injury to the toenail can also result in this condition.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail from happening to me?
One of the best ways to prevent an ingrown toenail is to be sure to never trim your toenails passed the tip of your toe and to always trim it straight across. Furthermore, don’t wear shoes that crowd your toes and put pressure on this area of your foot.
Also, if you have a job that might put you at risk for toe injuries, then your Bentonville podiatrist highly recommends investing in some protective footwear.
Even with the most vigilant care, ingrown toenails can still happen. If you find yourself dealing with this painful condition and self-care measures don’t seem to eliminate your pain, then it’s time to talk to your Bentonville podiatrist, Dr. Bryan M. Sheehan, at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America.