Footwear which is too tight or narrow can put pressure on your toes and in time lead to ingrowing toenails, this doesn’t just apply to high heeled shoes although the angle of killer heels can push toes into very cramped areas which can cause pressure and pain. Other footwear, if not fitted well can cause similar issues.
You will know if you are suffering from an ingrowing toenail if the toe is inflamed, sore and red. There may be bleeding or infection.
To deal with this problem you will, for a while, have to ditch those heels!
- Move into some footwear that gives your toes comfort and room to move.
- If you have pain that is hard to bear, use ibuprofen and paracetamol to help.
- Take some time out to bath your toes in warm salted water, just 3-5 minutes at a time several times a day.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing and keep them dry.
Following these guidelines should help get your toe feeling back to normal. If symptoms persist, if the area get’s swollen, red and hot or if you are Diabetic, then it’s time to seek professional help from a podiatrist.