According to Cary Zinkin, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are four main causes of ingrown toenails: footwear that’s too tight, trauma to the toe (like badly stubbing it), improper trimming, and heredity. The first three can be prevented, but there are some people who are just prone to ingrowns “because of the shape of the nail root and the way the skin goes around it,” Zinkin says. In those cases, he recommends seeing a podiatrist for a simple procedure in which part of the nail is removed to prevent further ingrowns.
|Dr. Cary Zinkin
Zinkin recommends soaking your foot in Epsom salt and warm water at the first sign of a minor ingrown toenail, in order to soften the skin so that you can “reach that little area [of the nail] that’s pressing in and trim it out.” He also advises anyone with diabetes or poor circulation to see a podiatrist if they have an ingrown toenail, because it could quickly progress to a dangerous infection.
Source: Karen Iorio Adelson, The Strategist [6/6/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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