Ingrown toenail - Prevention
Onychocryptosis; Unguis incarnatus; Nail avlusion; Matrix excision
Wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that you wear every day should have plenty of room around your toes. Shoes that you wear for walking briskly or for running should have plenty of room also, but not be too loose.
When trimming your toenails:
- Considering briefly soaking your foot in warm water to soften the nail.
- Use a clean, sharp nail trimmer.
- Trim toenails straight across the top. Do not taper or round the corners or trim too short.
- Do not pick or tear at the nails.
Keep the feet clean and dry. People with diabetes should have routine foot exams and nail care.
- Reviewed last on: 4/27/2011
- Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Heidelbaugh JJ, Lee H. Management of the ingrown toenail. Am Fam Physician. 2009;79(4):303-8.
Habif TP. Nail diseases. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 25.
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