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By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
July 01, 2014
Category: Toenails

Preventing Black Toenails from RunningAre you in the running? For a black toenail, that is. This condition isn't contagious, but it can affect anyone. Most often, training for a long distance race -- such as Stumpy’s Marathon coming up in Newark in September -- or consistently running hills makes you more likely to develop darkened toenails. It happens when your toe is repetitively jammed against the front of your shoe. Avoid pain and the potential of losing your nail by following our tips for preventing black toenails.

Black toenails can also appear reddish, brown, or purple, due to the collection of blood underneath the nail. This clot may result in a foul odor and discharge underneath the nail. It can also create excessive pressure and lead to intense pain. Here are some ways to avoid this toenail pain and discoloration without spoiling your training schedule.

Aside from always keeping your toenails trimmed properly -- not too short and clipped straight across -- it's important to ensure that your shoes fit correctly. Your footwear should provide your toes with enough room to wiggle and not be pressed tightly against one another. You should allow half an inch of space between the end of your toes and the front of the shoe. Always avoid walking and running barefoot, as this makes your toes susceptible to trauma, and be cautious while caring heavy objects.

Call Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 355-0056, at the first sign of a toenail issue. If the nail has already turned black and is at risk for falling off, the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington, DE will work hard to protect and save the future of your feet.  You can also schedule an appointment with our office online or browse our pages for more information and prevention tips.

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By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
May 19, 2014
Category: Toenails

How to Properly Trim ToenailsThe warmer weather means it’s time to reveal your toes to the world, but before you head to that Memorial Day picnic in those pretty little sandals, keep in mind some tips for proper toenail trimming. Sure, it might seem like a pretty simple task, but if you don’t trim your nails correctly, you could end up with an ingrown toenail that can get painfully infected.

So first off, choose a large nail clipper made for cutting larger nails. Make sure it is disinfected by using a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to wipe it off. Next, guide the clippers straight across as you cut.  Do not cut into a curved shape or the nail could end up digging into the skin, and that invites trouble. Be sure not to cut the nail too short either—not only does it hurt, but it also increases the risk of infection.

You should only do your trimming when nails are dry; when they are wet they tend to tear. In addition, although you might be tempted to trim your toenail all in one shot, it’s better to do it with a few small cuts. Podiatrists like Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. also advise to never cut your cuticles. Push them back with a cuticle stick instead.

Remember, everyone’s toenails grow at a different rate, so there is no trick to telling how often you should trim them. Just keep an eye out, and be sure to not let them get so long that they are rubbing against the shoes you wear. Follow these tips for proper toenail trimming, and you will not only keep your nails looking neat, pretty, and in tip-top shape, but you’ll also ensure that they stay healthy and comfortable.

To learn more about how you can avoid ingrown toenails, visit the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. near you. Four your convenience, there are locations in Wilmington, Newark and Glasgow, DE. You can also find us online, or contact us by calling (302) 355-0056. 

Okay, now you can put on your sandals.

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