No. 1 myth about ingrown toenails

Physicians recommend cutting toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.  While this helps prevent pain and infection around toenails, it’s actually a myth that this prevents ingrown toenails. See a podiatrist if you have a toenail infection or foot pain.

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Dr. Scott Kilberg, Podiatry, Indiana Podiatry Group: “An ingrown toenail is not something that developed as a result of how we cut our nails. That’s a common myth. However, pre-existing ingrown toenail[s], which normally can just exist fine with the surrounding skin, can become inflamed and infected if the toenail is aggressively trimmed.  That’s what starts the pain process in a traditional ingrown toenail. And I’ve seen that occur too, where people have been too aggressive with trimming back; [they] nicked a little bit of the skin, the side of the skin became inflamed and then the problem with the ingrown toenail developed.”

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Trim toenails carefully to avoid infection

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