Dealing with ingrown toenails rather regularly? Find out what might be going on.
Having an ingrown toenail isn’t typically a serious issue for a healthy individual; however, this doesn’t make the problem any less painful. If you find yourself prone to ingrown toenails then it might be time to say, “enough is enough”. From the office of our Columbus, OH, podiatrists, Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl, find out why ingrown toenails happen and how to treat these painful symptoms when they surface.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when, as the toenail grows in, the edge of the nail grows into the skin. This can result in redness, pain, swelling and overall discomfort. While this is a problem that can often be treated from the comfort of your own home, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet than even this simple issue should be treated by one of our Columbus foot doctors as soon as possible.
Why do ingrown toenails happen?
Of course, we believe in trying to prevent foot problems rather than just treating them once they surface. If you find yourself prone to ingrown toenails then it’s important to consider your daily routine and habits to see what might be to blame. Common causes include,
Improper trimming techniques: this is one of the most common reasons ingrown toenails develop. While trimming your toenails isn’t difficult, there are proper and improper methods. For example, if you choose to trim your toenails too short this can increase the likelihood of an ingrown toenail. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. Furthermore, you’ll also want to trim nails straight across rather than trimming them at a curve.
Wearing the wrong shoes: We’ve all done it; worn shoes that were too tight and confining; however, if you are prone to ingrown toenails you’ll want to strongly consider what shoes are best for your feet and which ones to toss. Shoes that are too tight, put pressure on toes or bunch toes together should be replaced with shoes that offer room for your toes to wiggle around freely.
Injury: Feet, just like any other part of the body, can be susceptible to injury. No matter whether you stubbed your toe or dropped something on it, these seemingly innocuous (but still annoying) injuries could actually lead to an ingrown toenail.
University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, is dedicated to providing you with the comprehensive and compassionate foot care you deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with ingrown toenails or you are looking for diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment.