Preventing Ingrown Toenails: Tips for Healthy Feet

Preventing Ingrown Toenails: Tips for Healthy Feet

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, and swelling. Common causes include improper nail trimming, tight shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. Symptoms often involve pain along the nail border, swelling, redness, and sometimes infection, visible as pus or drainage.

When the pain becomes persistent, a visible sign of infection is present, or if you have diabetes or poor circulation, visit our office. Dr. Mark Light at East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care specializes in treating such conditions. His expertise in podiatry and compassionate approach ensures comprehensive care.

Visiting Dr. Light is necessary when the toenail embeds deep into the skin, causing intense discomfort or infection. If attempts to relieve the ingrown toenails in Marietta, GA, at home, fail, or if you notice recurring ingrown nails, consider professional treatment. Dr. Light’s practice offers tailored solutions, from conservative treatments like soaking the foot to surgical interventions if required, ensuring proper healing and preventing future occurrences.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails: Tips for Healthy Feet

Ingrown toenails are preventable with simple care practices. Trim your nails straight across to prevent edges from digging into the skin. Avoid cutting them too short, allowing the nail to cover the edge of your toe. Wear properly fitting shoes to prevent pressure on the toes, breathable footwear, like cotton socks, and alternate shoe styles to avoid constant pressure on the same spots.

Maintaining good foot hygiene is crucial. Wash your feet daily, drying them thoroughly, especially between the toes, to prevent moisture buildup that can lead to infections. Moisturize to keep skin soft, but avoid applying between the toes to prevent excessive moisture. Regularly inspect your feet for signs of redness, swelling, or ingrown nails, especially if you have diabetes or circulation issues.

Soak the foot in warm, soapy water to reduce inflammation for ingrown toenails. Gently lift the edge of the nail using clean tools and place a small piece of cotton or dental floss beneath it to encourage proper growth away from the skin. Prioritizing these practices promotes overall foot health.

Visit Our Podiatrist for Ingrown Toenail Treatment

When visiting Dr. Light for an ingrown toenail, expect a thorough assessment. He'll likely provide relief through careful trimming, possible minor procedures, or guidance for home care. These assessments aim to alleviate discomfort and encourage prevention.

Please explore our website to learn about the conditions we treat and the services provided. Take a stride toward relief by scheduling a visit with our podiatrist for expert care and swift resolution of your ingrown toenails in Marietta, GA. Book an appointment with Dr. Light at East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care online or call (770) 977-8221.