It’s when you stub your toe on the coffee table in the middle of the night, or have an injury that leaves you with pain, that you realize how much you rely on this little part of your body! An ingrown toenail can have even the toughest person stuck on the couch or hobbling around with pain. Just ask Lawrence Tynes, kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who was recently sidelined because of an ingrown toenail.
Stay ahead of the game by putting some small things into regular practice to avoid the discomfort of ingrown toenails. These are nails that curve downward and into the surrounding skin tissue. They can make wearing shoes unbearable, walking painful and can leave you with a serious infection if you aren’t careful.
The best practice to put in place is to trim your toenails properly. It sounds too simple, but it makes a world of difference. Toenails need to be cut straight across and where they end at the tip of your toe. Too curved or too short and the nail may have a tendency to become ingrown. The second best preventative decision you can make is to wear shoes that give your toes room. Shoes with tight toe boxes that regularly squeeze toes and put pressure on the nails put you at risk for this type of injury. Wear protective shoes if have an occupation with hazards for your feet and choose shoes that fit well if you are an athlete. Running, for example, causes repetitive pounding on the feet, which can cause ingrown nails if well-fitting shoes are not worn.
Is it too late for you? If you have a painful toe that isn’t improving, allow us to help! Foot specialist, Dr. Harvey Danciger treats this common problem on an almost weekly basis and our safe and effective treatment options will bring you relief. Make an appointment today by calling (760) 568-0108.