Are You Giving Yourself an Ingrown Toenail?
One of the keys to enjoying life is to understand what you have control over and to stop focusing on that which you do not. When you are stuck in traffic there is no need to get upset, because you cannot do anything about it. An area in life where you definitely have control is the actions you take regarding your foot health. For instance, there are a few causes of ingrown toenails that you can take preventative measures against.
For some patients, ingrown toenails simply happen as the result of an inherited structure—unusually curved nails—and there isn’t much that can be done in the way of preventing the condition from happening. In many cases, however, you have more control over the situation than you would realize. Common causes of ingrown toenails that you should be able to influence include:
- Improper Nail Clipping Technique – Nails should be trimmed straight across and even with the edge of the toe. Rounding off toenails or clipping them too short are habits that can be changed, preventing problems with your toenails.
- Wearing Shoes that Do Not Fit Correctly – Footwear that is too tight and crowds the toes together is another controllable reason for ingrowing nails. Actually, shoes that do not fit correctly increase the risk of many other potential issues, too. Always make sure that your toes are able to wiggle and there is about a thumb’s width of space between the longest toes and the front of each shoe.
- Injuring Your Toenail – This is most likely to occur as the result of dropping something heavy on your foot. To prevent this type of injury, wear safety shoes—especially if your work
moving heavy items—or enlist the help of a friend or loved one when moving larger items. require
Now that you understand what may have contributed to your ingrown toenail, it is time to take action and do something about it. You may be able to handle one on your own by soaking the affected toe and placing a bit of waxed dental floss under the edge of the nail. If the condition is painful or recurring, though, come to Brook Valley Podiatry for the professional care you need. Schedule your appointment online or call our Spring Valley, NY office at (845) 352-7507.