Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

What Is an Ingrown toenail?


An ingrown toenail is a common cause of foot pain. For most people, an ingrown toenail is just a nuisance. For people with diabetes or other circulatory issues, however, an ingrown toenail can lead to significant issues. 

How Will I Know If I Have an Ingrown Toenail?


If you have an ingrown toenail, you’ll know it! The area will feel uncomfortable and irritated. You will probably notice swelling. The affected toe may grow red and pus may become obvious.

Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?


Definitely! There are several simple steps to prevent ingrown toenails:

$1·      Clean your toes and toenails frequently. Good foot hygiene is the first building block of good foot health.

$1·      Inspect your feet often. Become aware of their natural state so that you can notice of potential problems as they arise.

$1·      Keep your feet well-maintained. Don’t let your toenails grow too long.

$1·      Trim toenails so that they’re even with the tips of your toes, neither longer nor shorter.

$1·      Trim toenails straight across. Don’t round the corners, as you might on your fingers.

$1·      If the corners of your toenails still feel sharp after you trim them, use a nail file to smooth them.

$1·      Use a clipper specifically designed for the job to trim toenails. These clippers are typically wider than a fingernail clipper and can handle wide, tough toenails with ease.

$1·      Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova do not recommend scissors for toenail trimming. However, if you prefer them, use a few short movements rather than a single sweeping cut.

$1·      Never cut or pick at your cuticles.

$1·      Make sure your shoes are not squeezing your toes.

I Think I Have an Ingrown Toenail…What Do I Do?


If you think that you have an ingrown toenail, don’t pick at it or try to take care of it on your own. You can easily create worse problems, including infection. Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of the feet and ankles. They treat ingrown toenails every day. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to make an appointment at our conveniently located Pikesville office. Our team will have you back on your feet before you know it.