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PODIATRIST DISCUSSES INGROWN TOENAILS

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A pesky nail issue can start small, but grow into a painful and chronic condition if left untreated. The problem, however, is that ingrown toenails can be hard to treat and manage—and often take professional intervention. Here’s what to do if you have an ingrown issue or suspect you are developing one. 

 

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Dr. Greg Cohen

 

“Ingrown toenails can be caused by tight shoes, improper nail trimming, and genetics,” says podiatrist Greg Cohen, DPM. Tight shoes may range from pointy-toed heels to running shoes, so always be sure that your shoes fit properly. Improper nail trimming usually means that you are cutting too short (which allows for more opportunity for the nail to grow into the skin), as well as cutting it at an angle or rounded. You may be tempted to give your manicure a playful shape, but keep your toenails basic and straight across. And finally, given the annoying condition can be an inherited one, it may not be anything you’ve done wrong: Some people just get them more regularly. “Often it is a combination of all three,” Dr. Cohen adds.

 

Source: Alexandra Engler, MBG Lifestyle [5/12/20]


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News


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