The pain and discomfort caused by an ingrown toenail can be extremely debilitating, even making it difficult to walk. And since the toenail often cuts your skin, the condition can also lead to a fungal toenail or bacterial infection. Fortunately, ingrown toenails can be prevented with some proactive steps.

Prevent ingrown toenails with the following tips:

  • Protect your feet—Injuring your toes by stubbing or dropping something heavy on your foot can cause an ingrown toenail to develop. You can help prevent an injury from happening to your feet by wearing protective footwear. Wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box so the toes are not pushed together. 

  • Treat arch problems—Overpronation is a problem that occurs when your arch is not properly supported and the excess pressure from the rolling of the foot can push on the toenails. Always have any pronation problems evaluated by your foot doctor to get the proper support for your foot type and help avoid ingrown toenails. Custom orthotic inserts can help to redirect pressure and fine-tune foot movements.

  • Cut your toenails properly—A major cause of ingrown toenails is poor cutting technique. The nails should be cut as straight across as possible and should stick out slightly beyond the end of the toes. Use a large clipper specifically made for cutting toenails to help avoid mis-cuts and splitting.

For the pain and discomfort of ingrown toenails, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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