Ingrown toenails result when the nails grow into the flesh. Diabetics can suffer from ingrown nails as a result of improper grooming of the feet or poorly fitting shoes. Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center, which is located in Denver, CO, provide care for diabetics with lower extremity wounds. Read on to find out how to prevent ingrown nails and how we can help.
Prevent Ingrown Toenails
Let your toes breathe. Ill-fitting footwear can cause ingrown toenails. This is why you should avoid tight or pointed shoes that press on toenails. Wear comfortable footwear that fits properly. Likewise, stay away from panty hose and tight socks.
If you cut your nails into a curved shape, you could be putting yourself at risk for ingrown nails, since the edges of the nails may grow into the flesh. Try trimming your toenails straight across and then using a nail file to sand down the sharp corners and give your nails a slight curve.
Keep your toenails at a moderate length. Avoid cutting your toenails too short or too often. Short toenails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails, as they have more room to grow into the flesh. Never cut your nails lower than the top of your toes.
How We Can Help You
If you have a diabetes-related foot problem, who should you call? Your Denver, CO, podiatrists, of course. Podiatrists diagnose and treat problems of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. They also perform surgery.
Your podiatrist can diagnose an ingrown nail based on your symptoms and an examination of your toenail and the surrounding skin. Conservative treatments for ingrown toenails include elevation, proper nail cutting, soaks, and good foot hygiene. If your podiatrist notices an infection, he or she will prescribe an antibiotic. In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend partial removal of a severely ingrown toenail.
When you have diabetes, your feet need a little TLC. Call Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber of Diabetic Foot & Wound Center at 303-321-4477 to book an appointment for a foot exam. Our outstanding podiatrists are dedicated to providing superior diabetic foot and care in Denver, CO. Taking good care of your feet can prevent problems before they start!