Pain, redness, and swelling can all be signs of an ingrown toenail infection. If you have an ingrown toenail – don’t wait for complications to arise! Get in touch with our Providence office for expert toenail trimming services. At LePoer Podiatry, we work to ensure that your feet remain pain-free and that your mobility is not compromised. Schedule your appointment today.
How Do Ingrown Toenails Occur?
Ingrown toenails can occur when we wear tight shoes, cut our toenails too short or not straight across, or injure our nails. Once an ingrown nail has developed, a bacterial infection will soon follow. This is especially bad for people struggling with certain medical conditions like diabetes. Infected toenails cause pain, inhibit movement, and can lead to serious complications in some cases.
How Does Toenail Trimming Work?
Toenail trimming can be done at home. However, if your toenail is ingrown and/or infected, it’s best to connect with our doctors. Certain complications require professional care. With that in mind, you can adjust your trimming technique to avoid future ingrown nails. Here are some tips:
- Don’t peel or pick at your toenails.
- Cut straight across or in a shallow (sideways) oval shape.
- File your toenails down instead of clipping them to avoid cutting them too short.
- Do not cut your nails too short — the top white part should still show.
- Do not over-round or angle the edges of your toenails into a V-shape.
- Keep the corners of your nails straight.
- Use large nail clippers on your toes.
When Is Toenail Trimming Needed?
Professional toenail trimming is necessary if your toe is infected or if your nails are really ingrown. Attempting to address these issues yourself can cause more serious issues, such as injury. If you think you may need toenail trimming, we welcome you to get in touch with our office today. In most cases, trimming can be done quickly and without hassle.
Schedule Toenail Trimming in Providence, Rhode Island
If you have ingrown toenails and need help, we’re here for you. We provide toenail trimming services to help you live pain-free. To learn more, get in touch and schedule your appointment by filling out and submitting the form below or by calling us at (401) 453-2000.