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Ingrown Toenail Information & Treatment

Ingrown nails, the most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the victim of this condition, but other toes can also become affected.

RECOMMENDATION FOR TREATMENT: The simplest way to eliminate and avoid ingrown toenails is to proper trim your toenails. Toenails should be trimmed regularly but not cut too short. Using a safety nail clipper, cut the nails straight across, being sure that the nail corner is visible. To avoid irritating an ingrown toenail, wear comfortable, well fitting shoes with plenty of room in the toe box.

Have other toenail problems? Read our foot care article: The Most Common Toenail Problems and How to Treat Them.