Ingrown Toenail (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Ingrown toenail facts
- What are ingrown toenails?
- What are the symptoms and signs of an ingrown toenail?
- What causes ingrown toenails?
- Are some people more prone to ingrown toenails?
- Which nails are most commonly affected by ingrown toenails?
- What causes infections in ingrown toenails?
- How do physicians diagnose an ingrown toenail?
- What are possible complications of ingrown toenails?
- How do people treat an ingrown toenail at home?
- When should someone seek medical treatment for an ingrown toenail?
- What kind of doctor treats ingrown toenails?
- What is the treatment for ingrown toenails?
- What types of nail surgery are used for ingrown toenails?
- How can people prevent ingrown toenails from recurring?
- Ingrown toenail do's
- Ingrown toenail dont's
- What is the prognosis for an ingrown toenail?
- Foot Problems Slideshow
- What Feet Say About Health Slideshow
- Take the Feet Facts Quiz
- Find a local Podiatrist in your town
How can people prevent ingrown toenails from recurring?
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
American Podiatric Medical Association.
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