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4 Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of Getting An Ingrown Toenail

Jan 07, 2017

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4 Ways To Reduce Your Chances Of Getting An Ingrown Toenail

Some ingrown toenails are hereditary, and it seems like there’s just not much you can do to prevent them from happening. There are several things you can do to prevent them. Here’s my lift of the top things you can do to prevent them.

    1. Proper trimming. Cutting your toenails too short is one of the most common ways to cause ingrown toenails. The skin on the sides of short nails will grow over it if it’s too short, and cause you discomfort, and possible infection. You want to have your toenail clipped more square than rounded. The image below is a good example of how to properly trim your toenail to help you avoid increasing your chances of getting an ingrown toenail.

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  1. Wearing the right shoes. Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the leading indicators of a toenail to become ingrown. Women have a greater chance of getting them from wearing shoes that are too narrow where the toes are. Teens often get ingrown nails from crowding their feet in small shoes while wearing thicker socks. You want to wear shoes where it’s not difficult to wiggle your toes in them.
  2. Avoid trauma. This one might be hard for the sports enthusiast. Repeated activities such as running, soccer, tennis, ballet, etc. can cause ingrown toenails. Even stubbing your toe, or dropping an object on it can lead to a toenail to become ingrown.
  3. Pedicures. Make sure you tell your nail technician not to trim your toenails too short. You may love the way the nail looks a little short, but you won’t love the pain and infection that may come when your nail become ingrown. You’ll go from a nail technician to a toenail doctor if the pedicure isn’t done right.

Doing these 4 things listed above will help decrease your chances of getting an ingrown toenail. If you are experiencing any discomfort because of a toenail, and you live in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area, please call Dr. Goebel, DPM to schedule your free evaluation. Dr. Goebel will examine your toe, and educate you on all your options so you can make the right decision.

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