Ingrown toenails can be very painful, lead to infection, limit shoe styles and even cause people to miss work. While not always successful there are steps you can take to help prevent ingrown toenails.

DO NOT CUT THE NAILS TOO SHORT OR DOWN IN TO THE CORNERS. 

AVOID SHOES THAT ARE TOO NARROW OR TOO SHALLOW IN THE TOE AREA.

CUT THE TOENAILS STRAIGHT ACROSS. 

PLACE A SMALL AMOUNT OF COTTON BETWEEN THE NAIL AND THE SKIN.

APPLY ANTIBIOTIC AND BAND-AID AROUND THE NAIL

SOAK FEET IN WHITE VINEGAR AND LUKEWARM WATER.

If you see pus, feel extreme pain or the toe turns red, see your podiatrist right away.  In some cases you may need oral antibiotics along with cream or ointments.  Do not attempt bathroom surgery on yourself.  At Physicians Footcare, we have the knowledge and experience to help you with ingrown toenails and many other foot problems.