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How Teens Can Prevent Ingrown Toenails

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Summer vacation is approaching quickly in Carmichael, CA. This means teens are starting to look forward to the time off from studies to enjoy the weather, hang out with friends, and deal with the painful consequences of ingrown nails. Wait a second…that last one shouldn’t be in there! Teens and ingrown toenails do not have to go together, so let’s talk about prevention measures that will help.

Before we delve into ingrown toenail prevention, it is important to understand what the condition is and why it happens. This is an often painful condition where the nail grows into the soft skin that flanks it. There are a few different causes, including improper nail trimming, tight footwear, and even simply an inherent structural issue. With care, however, your teen can keep this from happening.

Tips for preventing ingrown toenails include:

  • Proper Nail Trimming. A common cause of ingrown nails is rounding off them off when they are clipped. An easy way to prevent this is to clip them straight across. Additionally, clipping toenails too short can also contribute to the condition. They should just reach the edge of the toe.

  • Properly Fitting Shoes. Since narrow, tight shoes could create an ingrown nail problem, it stands to reason that choosing shoes that fit well can help prevent one. Make sure that your teen can wiggle his or her toes in their footwear and know that it will help reduce the risk of this common nail problem.

  • Getting Help with Heavy Items. A teen male may want to show off his strength—particularly if there are any cute girls around—but getting help with heavy items will reduce the risk of something being dropped on the toe and causing damage and an eventual ingrown nail.

Ingrown toenail prevention measures are quite effective, but there are still going to be cases that pop up. If your son or daughter, or anyone else in your family, is dealing with a painful ingrown nail, let McDowell Podiatry Group provide effective care to help alleviate the situation. Simply contact our Carmichael, CA office by using our online form or giving us a call at (916) 961-3434. Schedule your appointment today so that you or your loved one isn’t bothered pain or possible infection.

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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