Overland Park Office - 10701 Nall Ave., Suite 120, Overland Park, KS 66211
Blue Springs Office - 1050 South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Overland 913-381-5515
Blue Springs 816-228-9393

Ingrown toenails are often described as being painful and annoying.  A common condition that can occur when the toenail grows penetrating the skin or the surrounding skin grows over the edges of the toenail. As the nail continues to grow into the skin there's likely to be some swelling, redness, and pain.

People may develop an ingrown toenail for many different reasons, but the good thing is they can be prevented. If you have an ingrown toenail it’s important that you wash your feet regularly and wear clean socks to help prevent infection.  Whether you have experience with ingrown toenails or not, it’s good to know they can be prevented. Here are few ways you can prevent and care for an ingrown toenail.

4 Prevent and Care Tips for Ingrown Toenails

 

1. Wear the Right Footwear

Repeated pressure on the toes is one cause of ingrown toenails. Avoid such pressure by wearing shoes and socks that give your toes plenty of room. Sandals and shoes made of soft fabrics with a wide toe are ideal.

2. Avoid Trauma to Feet

Activities that cause you to repeatedly stub, jam or stand on your toes can lead to nail trauma. Running, soccer and ballet in particular place a great deal of stress on toenails, causing them to become ingrown.

3. Trim Your Toenails Straight Across

Cut your toenails straight across and not too short. Leave the toenails a little longer at the corners. This helps the nail grow over the skin. If you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, consider getting help cutting your toenails.

4. Reduce Inflammation

Find ways to treat swollen toes that correspond with the reason that the toe is swelling. Many different types of issues can cause a toe to swell and lead to an ingrown toenail. If your toe is swelling because you have injured it, elevate it and apply an ice compress. If your toe is swelling because of your diet, consult your doctor about eating foods that are low in sodium.

For more information on how to prevent ingrown toenails or receive treatment, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations:

Blue Springs, MO (816)-228-9393

Overland Park, KS (913) 381-5515

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