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What Is the Proper Way of Cutting Toenails?

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin surrounding it. Oftentimes this happens from cutting toenails too short and tapering nail edges. Ingrown toenails can also occur from wearing shoes or socks that are too tight or short or from a trauma, such as stubbing the toe. It can look bad and feel painful. It can also turn into an infection. The correct way of trimming toenails is to cut them straight across with no curvature. If you have cut the nails properly, you should be able to get a fingernail under the sides and end of the nail. If you have an ingrown toenail, you can try soaking the toe in warm water with Epsom salts, which may help soften the skin surrounding the toenail and reduce inflammation and pain. Consider wearing sandals or shoes with a lot of room in the toe box until the nail has healed. If the toenail looks infected or if it is not healing well, see a podiatrist who can suggest further treatments. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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