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Tips for Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be excruciatingly painful and disrupt your daily activities. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to prevent this common foot woe. Trimming the toenails properly is important, and this is done by trimming them straight across. It is helpful to avoid cutting the nails too short or rounded, which may help to prevent ingrowth. It is also helpful to invest in good quality nail clippers that can make the process easier. Choose comfortable, well-fitted shoes that can provide adequate toe room, and refrain from wearing tight footwear that can exert pressure on the toenails, increasing the risk of incurring an ingrown toenail. Maintaining good foot hygiene is also essential. Wash your feet daily, drying them thoroughly, and keep the area around the nails clean. Applying a moisturizer to the skin surrounding the toes may also help to prevent ingrown toenails. A podiatrist can provide expert guidance and, if necessary, perform minor procedures to alleviate the issue. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor who can help you with additional prevention techniques.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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