Avoid Ingrown Toenails by Knowing How They Begin

Have you heard that it is often the little things in life that matter? Well, when the little thing is an ingrown toenail on one of your toes, the pain can be a big deal and prevent you enjoying other little things in life. The 30th Annual Wine & Roses Festival in Bryan, TX is coming up April 26, 2014. Ingrown toenails could leave you sitting out of the popular grape stomp or keep you from being able to dance to the great live music that will be featured.

If you have never had an ingrown toenail, you may wonder why we spend much time thinking about it. After treating many patients with painful toenails, swelling, and infection, we know that such pain can limit your activity. We want you to know how to prevent and avoid this common foot problem.

If you notice any redness, swelling or pain, alleviate the pressure on your toe with roomy shoes and try soaking your foot in warm water a few times a day. Ignoring the problem could lead to serious infection and significant discomfort. If you have any concerns or require treatment for an ingrown nail do not hesitate to contact Houston Foot Specialists. Make an appointment with Dr. Aleisha Allenby calling our office in Houston, TX at (713) 467-8886 or visit us online.There are times when genetics play a role, such as when a toenail is larger than the toe and is more susceptible to becoming ingrown. Trauma to the toe can also be a factor. For the most part, however, footwear and improper trimming lead the way in causing ingrown nails. The problem develops when the corner of the nail starts to curve down and presses into the tissue surrounding the nail. Wearing shoes with tight toe boxes that squeeze the toes can encourage this to happen. When nails are cut too short, or the edges are tapered and rounded, the risk for this problem increases. Nails should be cut straight across no shorter than the edge of your toe.

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