Ingrown Toenails - Podiatrist in Lancaster County and New Holland, PA - Chester Laskoski, DPM

Podiatrist Dr. Chester Laskoski of Foot and Ankle Care discusses the symptoms, causes and treatments for Ingrown Toenails.

Trim toenails straight across rather than in a curved pattern. This helps prevent ingrown toenails, allowing the straight edge of the nail to advance as one unit. Cutting the toenails in a curved pattern allows the recessed edges to grow into the skin. Trimming nails too short can promote ingrown toenails. The toenails should be trimmed just enough so that you can see a few millimeters of skin just beyond the nail margin. Nails should not overhang the edge of the toe.

Refine the nail edge with an emery board, maintaining the straight edge.
Many nail problems begin with pressure from shoes, some problems are congenital in nature, and some are caused by changes that take place with the aging process.

Ingrowing nails are both common and easily correctable. If you have discoloration, thickening or ingrown nails, a podiatric center and treatment will frequently help to correct or improve these disorders.

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