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By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
April 04, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you susceptible to painful ingrown toenails? Find out what you can do to stop them.

While an ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal at first, in reality, they can grow to be so uncomfortable that you have difficulty ingrown toenailputting on shoes or walking around. A common complication with ingrown toenails is that they sometimes can lead to infection, so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and visit one of our members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association for treatment in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI. If ingrown toenails are happening to you rather regularly, here’s what you can do to prevent them in the future,

Know How to Care for Your Nails

If you find that you deal with ingrown toenails recurringly, it could be the way you trim your nails. It’s always a good idea to soak your feet before trimming the nails, as this will help soften them and make them easier to cut. From there, you will want to cut your nail straight across, never at an angle.

If you shape your toenails at an angle or at a curve this can cause them to grow into the side of the skin, leading to an ingrown toenail. Also, make sure to trim toenails so they are level with the tips of your toes (any shorter than that and you also risk developing an ingrown toenail).

Wear the Proper Shoes and Socks

The shoes that you wear can also affect the health of your toenails, as well as your feet. Women may be particularly prone to ingrown toenails as they often wear tightly fitted shoes, pointed shoes, or high heels. Furthermore, tight stockings can also put enough pressure on the toenails to cause an ingrown toenail. It’s important that shoes and socks do not confine your toes.

Avoid Foot Trauma

Obviously, no one wants to deal with traumatic foot injuries and we know you can’t always prevent them from happening, but if you play sports you may be particularly at risk for developing an ingrown toenail. To prevent this it is important that you wear the appropriate and protective footwear for your sport, and particularly for dancers, runners, and soccer players.

Concerned? Call Us Today!

If you are dealing with foot problems in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, then it’s time to call The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to find a podiatrist who can help you! Call (608) 381-3530. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature to help you find a podiatrist in your area.