Though not all ingrown toenails can be avoided, there are a few preventative measures you can take. One way to prevent an ingrown toenail is by practicing good hygiene. This includes trimming your toenails straight across and leaving them the length of your toe. Nails that are ripped off, instead of cut, are also prone to burrowing and growing inward. Poorly fitting shoes can add to the problem. A good rule of thumb is "if the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it." Sometimes, simply performing the same activity repeatedly, such as kicking a soccer ball, can lead to an ingrown toenail. If you notice pain in your toes, stop the activity.
Ingrown toenails can develop rather quickly. It is a condition that can lead to permanent changes in the tissue of your toes. Overgrowth may cause infection, pain, and swelling. Those with diabetes and vascular problems need to be aggressive in treating and preventing ingrown toenails. If you'd like to learn more about treating your toes, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford, OR. We can be reached at (541) 776-3338 or through our online contact form.