9. Trim Correctly
To prevent recurring ingrown toenails, it is important to trim your nails correctly.
Always trim your nails straight across and avoid giving them a curved shape to match the shape of your toe. When trimming, always start with the edges, not the middle part.
It is also important to file the nails to get rid of any sharp edges. Always use a good quality nail clipper and file.
Keep your toenails at a moderate length. If cut too short, they may dig into the skin as they grow, ultimately causing an ingrown nail.
Note: If you cannot trim your nails properly due to a medical condition, get them trimmed by a professional.
10. Sensible Footwear
When suffering from an ingrown toenail, wear open-toed shoes or sandals to provide the affected toe extra room and allow it to breathe to heal quickly.
To prevent ingrown toenails, consider wearing sensible footwear. In fact, one of the main reasons behind this painful nail problem is wearing poorly fitting and tight footwear.
Shoes that place too much pressure on your toes can cause a nail to grow into the surrounding tissue. Shoes made of soft fabrics with a roomier toe are an ideal solution. Women should avoid high heels to relieve the pressure on the toes.
- Do not wear socks and shoes while at home. This will allow the affected toenail to get exposed to fresh air to promote fast healing.
- Give the affected toe some rest to aid healing.
- Except when soaking, keep your feet dry as much as possible.
- Take care of your feet properly and trim your nails straight across regularly to prevent such problems.
- Maintain proper foot hygiene by washing your feet regularly and drying them thoroughly.
- Always wear comfortable and properly fitting footwear.
- Scrub your feet with a pumice stone on a daily basis to prevent the formation of hard skin.
- Wear only cotton socks and change them daily.
- Inspect the affected toe carefully for signs of infection, such as redness, increased pain, swelling and drainage of pus.
- Diabetic people should check their feet daily for signs of toenail infections or other foot problems.
- If an ingrown toenail persists for a couple of weeks or shows signs of infection, consult a doctor to avoid any complications.