What Makes Toenails Become Ingrown

It’s almost Carnival Houston time! Head downtown June 10 for the parade, music, and fun, but if you want to dance the night away, you’ll want to deal with that ingrown toenail of yours first so you don’t go from feeling festive to feeling nothing but pain!

Ingrown toenails occur for a few different reasons, mainly ill-fitting shoes, improper trimming, and trauma to the toe. Sometimes you simply have nails that tend to be curvy by nature – all the more reason to be aware of what makes toenails become ingrown, then follow these tips to prevent the painful problem:

Choose the Right Shoes

If you’re partial to pumps that are narrow, pointy, and tight, you could be putting yourself into an ingrown toenail predicament. These types of shoes squeeze your toes together, putting pressure on the nails and encouraging them to grow into the skin. Choose low-heeled styles that offer a deep, wide toe box instead, so toes have plenty of room to lay flat and not crowd each other!

Trim the Right Way

If you curve the corners of your toenails when you clip them, you’re asking for ingrown toenail trouble! It’s better to trim toenails straight across -- and not too short either, since this too can cause nails to stray the wrong way! Keep nails even with the tips of toes and use an emery board to smooth rough edges.

Do the Right Thing

Toenails can also become ingrown due to an injury or accident, and while sometimes this cannot be avoided, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. Be sure to keep feet protected with steel-toed boots if you work with heavy objects. Wear proper athletic shoes for your sport, and make sure they’re not too tight!

If you do get an ingrown toenail, don’t wait until it hurts so much you can’t enjoy any summer fun! Call for an appointment at (713) 493-7372, so we can get your nail to grow the way it’s supposed to and get you back on your feet. After all, summer in Houston is full of events you don’t want to miss!

Categories: Nail Problems