Pain, redness, and tenderness at the edges of your toenails where they contact the skin may be a sign that a nail is growing into the skin. This can quickly become a very painful and debilitating injury and may lead to possible infection if left untreated. Ingrown toenails often get started from a toenail that was cut too short or on a curve, allowing the edge of the nail to start growing under the skin instead of over the top. Shoes with a narrow toe box, such as high heels, can contribute to ingrown toenail problems by forcing the toes together or against the side of the shoes.
While some people are just born with overly curved toenails and are more susceptible to developing this condition, many folks will benefit from the following preventative measures:
- Proper cutting method—Never round your toenails at the corners. Always cut them straight across, and be careful not to cut them too short.
- The right footwear—Your shoes should provide plenty of support and comfort while allowing room in the toe box for your toes to move around a little. Make sure you have a half inch of room in the front of your longest toe to help prevent rubbing and the pressure that can cause nails to grow inward.
- Daily foot checks—Catching signs of an ingrown toenail early can help prevent more serious complications from occurring.
If you are experiencing ingrown toenail problems, see your foot care specialist right away before they worsen. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.