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By Prestige Podiatry
September 20, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you prone to getting ingrown toenails? Our advice could help you stop them for good.

If you’ve had an ingrown toenail before, or if you’re dealing with one now, then you know just how painful and annoying they can be. Did you know that there are things you can do to prevent ingrown toenails from happening in the first place? If you’d like to keep future ingrown toenails at bay, your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can provide you with helpful tips to keep your feet healthy and ingrown toenail-free.

Know How to Trim Your Toenails

You may not put much thought into how you trim your toenails so you probably don’t think about it or realize you could be doing it wrong. The next time you trim your nails make sure to trim them straight across.

While you might like the curved look, this can increase the risk of an ingrown toenail. You also want to make sure not to trim your toenails too short. They should be level with the tips of your toes. Do this, and you may find yourself dealing with fewer ingrown toenails.

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes and Socks

Your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist will tell you, nothing is more important than finding shoes that properly fit your feet. Regardless of whether you’re prone to ingrown toenails or not, you should have a shoe specialist measure your feet and fit you with shoes so that you know that you’re wearing the proper footwear to protect your feet. Shoes that are too tight, as well as socks, can put too much pressure on the toenails and lead to ingrown toenails.

Protect Your Feet From Injury

If you work on a construction site or you play sports, your feet are more susceptible to injuries. To protect falling objects from injuring the toenail or to keep from stubbing your toe, you should wear steel-toed shoes if you work on construction sites or around heavy machinery. If you play sports, make sure that you are wearing the ideal athletic footwear for your chosen sport.

Your podiatrist, Dr. Agricola, serves the Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, areas. If you are looking for a podiatrist to treat your ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, or fungal nail infection, we offer a full range of treatments and services. To schedule an appointment at Prestige Podiatry, simply call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
September 15, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Prone to ingrown toenails? Our advice could help you stop them for good.

If you’ve had an ingrown toenail before, or if you’re dealing with one now, then you know just how painful and annoying they can be. Did you know that there are things you can do now to prevent ingrown toenails from happening in the first place? If you’d like to keep future ingrown toenails at bay, our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can provide you with helpful tips to keep your feet healthy and ingrown toenail-free.

Know How to Trim Your Toenail

You may put as much thought into how you trim your toenails as you do brushing your teeth or washing your face. You’ve been doing it so long you probably don’t think about it or realize you could be doing it wrong. The next time you trim your nails make sure to trim them straight across.

You also want to make sure not to trim your toenails too short. They should be level with the tips of your toes. Do this, and you may find yourself dealing with fewer ingrown toenails.

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes and Socks

Nothing is more important than finding shoes that properly fit your feet. Regardless of whether you’re prone to ingrown toenails or not, you should have a shoe specialist measure your feet and fit you with shoes so that you know that you’re wearing the proper footwear to protect your feet. Shoes that are too tight (as well as socks) can put too much pressure on the toenails and lead to ingrown toenails.

Protect Your Feet From Injury

If you work on a construction site or you play sports, your feet are more susceptible to injuries. To protect falling objects from injuring the toenail or to keep from stubbing your toe, you should wear steel-toed shoes if you work on construction sites or around heavy machinery. If you play sports, make sure that you are wearing the ideal athletic footwear for your chosen sport.

Dr. Agricola is the premiere podiatrist serving the Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, areas. If you are looking for a podiatrist to treat your ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, or fungal nail infection, we offer a full range of treatments and services. To schedule an appointment at Prestige Podiatry, simply call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
April 26, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Find out the best way to treat your ingrown toenail.

Occurring when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin, an ingrown toenail can certainly make life rather unpleasant. Characterized by ingrown-toenailserious pain, swelling, and redness, the condition usually develops in big toes, although any toe can be affected. Read on to learn the ways to alleviate an ingrown toenail and when you should turn to our Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, for treatment.

 

How do I know that I have an ingrown toenail?

If you look at the toenail, you may be able to see that the edge of the nail is growing into the skin. This area of the toe may be painful, tender, red, or swollen.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

While ingrown toenails can often be treated at home, it’s still important to know when to turn to a foot doctor. It’s time to visit our Indianapolis office if,

  • There is pus, severe pain, or tenderness that is spreading across the toe (these are signs of infection)
  • Your symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care
  • You have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet (if you have diabetes you should always turn to a podiatrist if you are experiencing any changes in your feet)

 

How should I treat an ingrown toenail?

While an ingrown toenail will often resolve itself, you can ease symptoms by soaking your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes several times a day. You may choose to apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream over the area to prevent an infection. During this time, it’s also important to wear shoes that don’t bunch up or put pressure on the toes. An over-the-counter pain reliever can also temporarily alleviate the pain until the toenail heals.

 

How will a podiatrist treat an ingrown toenail?

If home remedies just aren’t helping, then it’s time to see your foot doctor in Indianapolis, who may recommend lifting the nail and placing cotton or a splint under it to prevent it from growing back into the skin. This will help the nail to grow out properly. In instances of a severe ingrown toenail, your podiatrist may need to remove the ingrown portion of the toenail.

 

Give us a call!

Whether you are dealing with a painful ingrown toenail or another foot problem, the experts at Prestige Podiatry can provide you with the comprehensive care that you need. Schedule your appointment today by dialing (317) 846-4111 for our Carmel office, or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis office.