How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail Problems


Debilitating pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails can start off gradually and you may not even be sure what is causing the pain until you see the swelling, redness, and oozing at the edge of the nail where it is cutting into your skin.  

Once this condition gets started, it can be extremely debilitating as the nail grows into the soft skin on your toes and the open cuts that are created can be a way for fungal toenail and bacterial infections to enter your system. This can be particularly bad for diabetic patients since these cuts can turn into ulcers that require aggressive treatment and may lead to amputation. 

Ingrown toenails can be avoided with these simple methods: 

  • Proper nail cutting technique—Since a major cause of ingrown toenails is from improper cutting methods, be careful to cut them straight across and keep them a little long so they extend a bit beyond the end of the toe. This will help prevent the nail from growing into your skin.                      

  • Use properly fitted footwear—Always have your feet measured and your shoes properly fitted. Choose shoes that have a wide toe box so the toes are not pushed together. High heeled shoes should definitely be avoided since the side pressure can cause the toes to push against each other possibly causing an ingrown toenail.  

  • Treat overpronation—Having poorly treated flat feet can cause them to roll outward when your walk, increasing the pressure on the side of the foot and the toenails.

 If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.