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Top 3 Ways to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Published on June 20th, 2016

Summer is here, and that means you want to be able to sport the sandals and flip-flops of the season. The last thing you want is to spend the summer months getting an ingrown toenails treatment in Racine, WI. If you don’t want to spend the hot months of the year hiding your feet, you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to prevent yourself from getting ingrown toenails. With that being said, read on below for a few tips to help you prevent ingrown toenail growth and embarrassment.

Make Sure You Are Careful with Your Cuticles

Sitting and picking at your cuticles when you’re watching TV is not the way to stop ingrown toenails from forming. It is also a bad idea to trim or cut your cuticles. Leave them alone and you might be able to go shoeless this season. If you must mess when them, consult with a professional to get a pedicure. They are trained and will ensure that your cuticles are properly cared for.

Be Careful of Shoe Shape

The last thing you want to do is buy shoes that are too tight on your toes or push your big toe inwards. Remember, that shoes that don’t allow your feet to breathe can cause infections that lead to ingrown toenails as well. If you are unsure of what to get, conduct research online or ask a medical professional what kind of shoes you can wear to avoid ingrown toenails and other bothersome foot problems.

Soak Your Feet

Keeping your feet, and therefore, your toes clean will go a long way towards not getting an infection and not having ingrown toenails. It is recommended that you soak your feet in water and sea salt a couple of times a day. This will not only protect them, but it will soothe your feet as well and keep your skin moisturized to prevent other skin and toenail conditions.

These are just a couple of the ways you can prevent ingrown toenails so that you can wear the shoes you want to wear this summer without worrying about how your feet look in them. For more information and to learn about treatment options Visit Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Centers today. We can make a real difference.

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