Sunday, January 11, 2009

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails - Ouch!
Ingrown toenails develop when the nail grows into the corner or side of the soft flesh of that toe. If you are troubled by ingrown toenails, you could be cutting your nails too short. Try cutting the nail longer so that the nail cannot move into the skin as it grows.

Shoes that are too tight or fit poorly around the toe area can push the nail into the skin as it grows. Try wearing a larger and/or wider shoe.

If you are still troubled by ingrown toenails, talk to your doctor about this sometimes painful condition. It is possible your ingrown toenail could be caused by a fungal infection or injury to the nail.

If you have diabetes keep your toenail trimmed properly so they do not cut into the skin of the toes. Infection can quickly and easily set in which can lead to infection and a loss of a toe or foot.

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