Ingrown Toenail (cont.)

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How can people prevent ingrown toenails from recurring?

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Avoid shoes that are too small (putting pressure on the toenail) or too large (where the foot is moving back-and-forth inside the shoe. Improperly fitting footwear can cause trauma to the toenail. Use proper methods of trimming the toenail with clean instruments and do not trim them too short.

Ingrown toenail do's

  • Do wear properly fitting shoes that allow you to wiggle your toes without having your foot slide around within.
  • Do avoid repeated pressure and trauma to the toenails.
  • Do wear sport-specific shoes.
  • Do practice good foot hygiene.
  • Do trim toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenail dont's

  • Don't cut down the corners of the toenails.
  • Don't trim toenails too short.
  • Don't wear improperly fitting shoes.
  • Don't avoid treatment by a professional if symptoms persist.
  • Don't try and do surgery on the toenail yourself.

What is the prognosis for an ingrown toenail?

The prognosis for an ingrown toenail is generally very good, particularly if professional treatment is engaged when the problem does not resolve itself after a week or so and risk factors are addressed.

Medically reviewed by Allan Bernstein, DPM; American Board of Podiatric Surgery

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American Podiatric Medical Association.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2014

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