Ingrown toenails can occur at any time and any age, but they can cause pain and comfort problems. They appear at the sides or corners of your nail, and you will see the skin beginning to cause an overgrowth. If you have diabetes, you will have a higher risk of experiencing this issue and the complications that will go with them. Thankfully, however, there are simple ways to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring.
How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails
- Checking your feet-this is especially crucial if you have diabetes. Check your feet daily for signs of skin overgrowth, pain, or your nail digging into your skin. All are signs of an ingrown toenail.
- Trimming your toenails property- when you clip your toenails, you will need to make sure that you don’t curve the nail to match how your toes are shaped. Instead, trim your toenails straight across. If you have diabetes, you should get your toenails cut by your podiatrist because they can take care of your feet properly. It is highly recommended because people with diabetes must be extremely careful with their feet to avoid complicated issues.
- Keep your toenails short-when you trim your nails, you should make them even with the tip of your toes. Do not go lower than that because it can cause infections as your nails grow directly into your skin.
- Protective shoes will help-when you have a job that puts you at risk for foot issues, be sure to wear the proper footwear. For example, if you work in a field like construction, you should wear steel-toed shoes.
By taking preventive measures, you will ensure that you can avoid infections, bleeding, and issues with your feet in the future.
Our innovative team at Your Next Step Podiatry can heal your foot and ankle issues. We have a loyal and caring team of doctors Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, to offer skin lesion treatment, nail laser centers, and help with plantar fasciitis. Our offices are in Montgomery County, Greater Philadelphia, Downingtown, Greater Philadelphia, and Paoli. Offering you the best treatment, we can heal any issue. Call our office in Downingtown at (610) 873-0322 or our Ardmore office at (610) 642-8837.