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Ingrown Toenail Myths

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5 Myths About Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) are common and can be very painful. Often people think that they will be able to remove their ingrown toenail themselves or it will just go away on it's own. - but NOT likely! The best thing to do if you have an ingrown toenail is get to a podiatrist right away.

1. An ingrown toenail will get better on its own. - False. Waiting or delaying treatment can make the problem worse. Ingrown toenails almost always get gradually worse, not better.

2. Cutting a "V" in the toenail will relieve the pressure and pain of an ingrown nail. - No. Cutting a "V" in the nail does not relieve the pressure or pain. The only way to alleviate an ingrown toenail is to remove the portion of the nail that is embedded in the skin.

3. If I have an ingrown toenail the whole nail has be to removed. False. In most cases only the ingrown portion of the nail has to be removed.

4. Keeping the nails short will prevent an ingrown toenail. False. Too short of nails can cause toenails to become ingrown. Leaving toenails longer and cutting straight across can help prevent ingrown toenails.

5. The pedicurist can treat my ingrown toenail - No! Nail salons, whirlpools or foot spas are filled with bacteria that can lead to infection. A podiatrist is a licensed specialist that treats ingrown toenails.


If you have an ingrown toenail we recommend that you don't delay getting treatment. Ingrown toenail removal is simple, relatively painless and affordable. Don't keep suffering in pain and run the risk of infection or more serious complications.

Call (562) 433-0478  to schedule your appointment today.

Read more about ingrown toenails, treatment and how to prevent an ingrown nail from occuring.

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