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Ingrown Toenails (cont.)

Is It Possible to Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

  • The best method of prevention is careful clipping of the toenails. Toenails should be clipped straight across -- taking care to keep the end longer than the skin edge. This prevents the corners from digging into the skin. They should not be rounded or cut too short.
  • Wear roomy, well-fitting shoes.
  • Keep the feet clean and dry.

What Is the Prognosis of Ingrown Toenails?

The toe usually heals well after this procedure. The primary concern is whether the nail will become ingrown again, which can occur even after destruction of the nail-growing cells.

The overall rate for recurrence of an ingrown toenail is 10%-34%.

If part of the toenail was removed, it will grow back within 12 months.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/22/2016

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