How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

If an ingrown toenail develops, we can correct the problem. But the good news is, there are several measures you can take to avoid the situation in the first place. Steps to prevent ingrown toenails include:

  • Trim toenails correctly. Too often, ingrown toenails develop when the nails are rounded off and clipped too short. Always clip toenails straight across and keep them approximately even with the edge of the toes.

  • Wear shoes that fit. In addition to improper trimming practices, tight footwear is another common cause of ingrown toenails. To reduce the risk of a nail becoming ingrown, always wear shoes that have room in the toe box and do not crowd the toes together.

  • Protect your feet. If your job involves moving heavy items on a frequent basis, you can reduce the risk of ingrown nails that develop from a traumatic injury by wearing safety shoes or steel-toed boots.

For more information on ingrown toenail prevention, contact the professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. We have offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, Kissimmee, Tavares, and Altamonte Springs to better serve you, so call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County). You can also request an appointment online for any location.