• TIPS FOR AVOIDING INGROWN TOENAILS

    on Jan 14th, 2016

For ingrown toenail treatment, it is almost always necessary to visit a podiatrist in Scottsdale. The medical term for an ingrown toenail is onychocryptosis, and the condition occurs whenever the edges of the toenail grow into the skin. Unfortunately, the sharp nail corners can cause swelling, redness, discomfort, and even infection.

While a podiatrist does offer ingrown toenail surgery for severe cases, the best way to avoid foot pain is to avoid ingrown toenails altogether. First, a foot specialist often advises patients to choose comfortable shoes. If you have flat feet, it is especially important to select shoes that are wide enough for you to walk comfortably. To further avoid having your toenails pinched in, avoid wearing pantyhose or tight-fitting socks. You should also leave your toenail cuticles intact and never trim or cut them. By removing them—or having your manicurist cut them off—you also take away your first line of defense from ingrown toenails.

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Dr. Richard Jacoby is the Medical Director of Extremity Health Center, which provides foot surgery in Scottsdale, and has been a practicing foot and ankle specialist for the past several decades.

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