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Tips for Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be excruciatingly painful and disrupt your daily activities. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to prevent this common foot woe. Trimming the toenails properly is important, and this is done by trimming them straight across. It is helpful to avoid cutting the nails too short or rounded, which may help to prevent ingrowth. It is also helpful to invest in good quality nail clippers that can make the process easier. Choose comfortable, well-fitted shoes that can provide adequate toe room, and refrain from wearing tight footwear that can exert pressure on the toenails, increasing the risk of incurring an ingrown toenail. Maintaining good foot hygiene is also essential. Wash your feet daily, drying them thoroughly, and keep the area around the nails clean. Applying a moisturizer to the skin surrounding the toes may also help to prevent ingrown toenails. A podiatrist can provide expert guidance and, if necessary, perform minor procedures to alleviate the issue. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor who can help you with additional prevention techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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