PREVENTING INGROWN NAILS

11 September 2023

Preventing ingrown toenails involves taking some simple steps and practicing good foot care habits. Here are some tips to help you avoid ingrown toenails:

  1. Proper nail trimming: Avoid cutting your toenails too short, as this can encourage the nail to grow into the skin. Use sharp, clean nail clippers or scissors, and avoid tearing or ripping the nails.
  2. Don’t cut the corners: Never cut the corners of your toenails. This can create sharp edges that are more likely to penetrate the skin as the nail grows.
  3. Maintain the right length: Keep your toenails at a moderate length, so they don’t extend past the edge of your toe. Nails that are too long are more prone to becoming ingrown, and cut easily catch on socks or shoes.
  4. Choose proper footwear: Wear shoes that fit well and provide ample room for your toes. Tight shoes can put pressure on the toenails, increasing the risk of ingrowth. The more narrow the front of your shoe, the more likely an ingrown nail as they can squeeze toes together.
  5. Maintain good foot hygiene: Keep your feet clean and dry. Moisture can soften the skin around the toenails, making it easier for the nail to penetrate the skin. Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing or swimming, and change into clean, dry socks.
  6. Avoid trauma: Be cautious when trimming or filing your toenails. Avoid injuring the skin or causing any trauma around the nail area. Remember, the wrong shoe can be traumatic for your feet as well!
  7. Seek Professional Help: If you notice any signs of an ingrown toenail, such as redness, swelling, pain, or signs of infection, consult a Podiatrist. Early treatment can prevent the condition from worsening. If you’ve had ingrown toenails in the past or are prone to them, follow the advice and treatment recommendations provided by a Podiatrist.

Remember that proper foot care and prevention are essential in avoiding ingrown toenails. If you do develop an ingrown toenail or have persistent problems, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention from a Podiatrist. They can provide appropriate treatment and advice to help you manage the condition effectively.