Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are those that have corners or sides that have dug into the skin causing pain and sometimes infection. Your podiatrist in ingrown toenail South Burlington, Vermont Dr. Michael Guerra can examine each patient and treat their ingrown toenails effectively. Learning how to prevent these ingrown toenails will help keep your feet as healthy as possible in the future.

Ingrown Toenail Prevention

Some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Improper nail trimming
  • Poor foot structure
  • Genetics
  • Fungus infection
  • Injury/trauma
  • Pressure from ill-fitting shoes

Toenails should always be trimmed straight across with toenail clippers. Never curve the nails in any way. Nails should be kept at a moderate length. Also, if you have a condition that causes poor blood flow to the feet and can’t trim your own nails, see your Burlington, Vermont podiatrist to have them trimmed properly.

Always wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that put too much pressure on the toes pinch the nails and cause them to grow into the surrounding tissue of the nail bed. For those with nerve damage in their feet, you may not be able to sense if shoes are too tight. This makes it important to get properly fitted with custom shoes.

Individuals with diabetes should check their feet daily for any signs of ingrown toenails or other foot problems. This is especially important for these individuals as they are more susceptible to foot problems and infections.

If you suspect you have ingrown toenails and they are causing you pain and/or infection, Dr. Guerra may need to remove that portion of the nail for you. If this condition reoccurs frequently for you, he may suggest permanent removal of the nail or more commonly permanent removal of the inside or outside border of the nail. To schedule this important consultation with a podiatrist at Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, Vermont, call 802-862-8666 for optimal foot health.