Ingrown toenails are a very common and uncomfortable problem often caused by shoes that generate pressure on the nail. Although they can be difficult to treat, there are many ways to prevent ingrown toenails.
An ingrown toenail happens when some toe’s nail, usually the big toe’s nail, has curvatures or peaks in its growth. If these bumps are buried and don´t come out normally, they can cause a lot of pain.
Maintain a correct hygiene
The toes may go unnoticed or we may come to believe that there are very clean when they are not. They’re not usually one the body parts that we focus on, so they can suffer from infections or other problem before we realize it. One of the ways to prevent ingrown toenails is to always keep your nails clean and check for anomalies in their structure.
If a nail has been broken or chipped, it is important that we trim it and make sure it is in the best possible condition. If it is impossible to file the nail because the problem affects the part of it that is on the skin, you must focus on keeping a correct hygiene and not a pressuring it.
Wear comfortable shoes
Wearing shoes that are tight on the front can increase the risk of suffering from ingrown toenails. It is important that your toes maintain mobility and have space that allows oxygen circulation.
If you can’t avoid using this type of shoes, make sure to leave at least half an inch of space for your toes to move. You also need to make sure that the top of the shoe does not press on the nail.
In that same train of thought another way to prevent ingrown toenails is to avoid closed shoes as much as possible. Closed shoes are often associated with lack of hygiene in the toes, lack of hygiene in the shoes, and poor oxygenation of the foot. Try to wear sandals or shoes that are open on the front whenever possible to prevent infections.
Cut your nails without leaving bumps
Although it is advisable to go to go to the podiatrist constantly to keep your feet healthy, you can cut your nails by yourself. The recommendation is that you do it following the line of the nail without cutting too close to the skin and without living peaks or pieces that can be buried. Make sure to do it with a nail clipper that is large and sharp.