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Prevention Tips for Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails are a painful condition where the side or corner of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. This often leads to pain, swelling, and sometimes infection, especially in the big toe. It is important to use proper techniques to prevent the formation of an ingrown toenail. Always trim your toenails dry to avoid bending or tearing them, and cut them straight across rather than rounding the edges. This prevents the nail from digging into the skin as it grows. Avoid trimming cuticles, as they act as barriers against infection, and use appropriate tools like manicure scissors or dedicated toenail clippers. It is also important to have separate clippers for your fingers and toes to prevent cross-contamination. If you have diabetes or another condition that impairs blood flow to your feet, you are at a higher risk of complications from ingrown toenails. Therefore, extra caution is warranted. Regularly practicing these proper nail care habits can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails. However, if you experience severe pain, swelling, or signs of infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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