Ingrown Toenail FAQs
Can my shoes cause ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails may be the result of an inherited trait or improper trimming. However, your shoes could also be to blame. Ill-fitting footwear can force the toes into unnatural positions, placing extra pressure on them. This can force the nail to grow painfully into the surrounding flesh and become red and swollen. Avoid such toe problems by making sure your footwear fits properly, including those you may wear for athletic events. Stay away from narrow or pointy styles and instead choose a pair with a nice, wide toe box for plenty of wiggle room. Trimming nails straight across instead of along the curve will also help.
If you do end up with an ingrown nail or you have any other foot or ankle problems, give Dr. Peter Tsang and Joyce Baller, RN, a call. We can help you get back to pain-free feet in no time. Visit Prairie Path Podiatry online or contact our Geneva, IL office at (630) 845-3338 today.
What is the best way to trim toenails?
Toenail trimming might seem rather straightforward, but done incorrectly it can potentially lead to ingrown toenails. The best way to trim your toenails is to start by washing your feet and then drying them thoroughly. This will soften your nails, making them less brittle and safer to cut. After they are clean, grab a pair of nail clippers. Using other tools, like regular scissors, knives or razor blades, poses the risk of injury.
Once your toenails are clean and you have the right equipment, proceed to clip your nails straight across. Rounding them off, or angling the sides, can lead to ingrown nails. As you trim them, be careful not to cut them too short. The edge of your nails should reach the tips of your toes. Once they are trimmed, file them to eliminate jagged edges that could catch on something and tear the nail.
If you develop any issues due to an ingrown nail, or simply would like additional information, contact Prairie Path Podiatry in Geneva, IL., by calling (630) 845-3338 or use our online form to request an appointment.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
Ingrown toenails happen for a variety of reasons and also vary in severity. If you simply have a little redness and puffiness where your shoe presses on your toe, proper nail trimming, antibiotic cream, and different shoes with more toe room may be all you need to relieve the pain. However, if you have inherited nails that curl under like a roll of wrapping paper and bite deep into your skin, piercing it or causing infection, you will need to come in to our office and let us take care of it. Don’t try cutting it yourself—especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation; you don’t want to risk a serious infection from a botched job of bathroom surgery.
Toenails that grow into your skin can be surprisingly painful, particularly if complicated by infection when a pocket of pus develops. Then, the slightest pressure on it can send you through the roof. Let our experts safely trim the bothersome nail and head off infection. Call Prairie Path Podiatry to pamper your sore toe. You can reach our Geneva, IL office by calling (630) 845-3338 or contacting us online for information or an appointment.