Ingrown toenails are a problem for many people, but they are extremely easy to prevent. Dr. Rajnish Manohar, an experienced Podiatrist with offices in Brandon and Zephyrhills, has some simple tips that you can follow to prevent painful and unsightly ingrown toenails.
Tips that can help stop an ingrown toenail:
Cut your toe nails straight across.
Don’t curve your nails to match the shape of the front of your toe. If you have your toe nails done at a salon, be sure to tell your pedicurist to cut your nails directly throughout. If you have a disorder that induces inadequate blood flow to your feet as well as you can’t cut your nails, schedule a regular appointment with Dr. Manohar to have your nails cut.
Keep toenails at a moderate length.
Trim toe nails so they are with the ideas of your toes. If you trim your toenails too short, the pressure from your shoes on your toes might direct a nail to turn into the cells.
Use shoes that fit properly.
Shoes that place way too much stress on your toes or squeeze them could make your nail grow into bordering tissue. If you have nerve damage to your feet, you may not be able to notice if your shoes are too tight. Take care to get and use properly fitted shoes, ideally from a shoe store specializing in selecting shoes for people with foot issues.
Put on protective shoes.
If your job puts you at risk of injuring your toes, wear protective footwear, such as steel-toed shoes.
Examine your feet. If you have diabetes, check your feet daily for signs of ingrown toenails or various other foot problems.
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
There are different types of treatments, including self-care, soaking, avoidance of shoe pressure on the toenails, appropriate techniques to cut the nails, and various surgical treatments. Often antibiotics may be needed.
Surgical treatments consist of the following: short-term section of the offending nail border or corner, avulsion (detachment) of the nail or offending nail border, or long-term elimination of the nail (matrixectomy) or offending nail border (partial matrixectomy). A matrixectomy is the damage or removal the cells where the nail grows from called the nail matrix. The nail matrix is at the base of the toe nail under the skin. This treatment can be done surgically by dissection, chemically, or electrically by destroying part or all the matrix cells. These treatments are typically reserved for persistent scenarios.
If you have an ingrown toenail or you have any other symptoms that you are concerned about, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can use the website form by clicking the button below.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.