Ingrown Toenails – FAQ

How can I prevent ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails may not be 100% preventable through home care methods alone, particularly if you have a genetic predisposition to developing them (such as unusually curved nails). However, the following home strategies can reduce your risk:

  • Don’t trim nails too short—they should stay about even with the tips of your toes.
  • Trim nails straight across, rather than rounding at the corners.
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes that provide adequate protection for your toes against stubs and jams.

To prevent ingrown toenails permanently, a minor surgical procedure can be performed in our office where we destroy a portion of the tissue responsible for growing new nail. This means that edge of the nail will never grow back. Generally, we only recommend this option for people who have chronic, recurring issues with ingrown nails.

To schedule an appointment with Associates in Podiatry for help with your ingrown nail issue, please give us a call at either (609) 924-8333 (for Princeton, NJ) or (908) 687-5757 (for Roselle Park, NJ).


How should I be trimming my toenails?

Are you trimming your toenails wrong? You might be tempted to think that there’s no wrong way to cut a nail, but actually, using proper trimming technique can help minimize the risk of injury, especially ingrown toenails.

The three big tips are:

  • Use a heavier pair of trimmers with long levers and an uncurved blade. You don’t want to push too hard to clip, as this can cause injury.
  • Cut nails straight across—do not curve in at the corners, as this can increase the likelihood that the edge of the nail will become ingrown as it grows out.
  • Don’t cut nails too short. Keep them about even with your toe tips. This will also help decrease the odds of an ingrown nail.

Associates in Podiatry can help you with any foot or nail maintenance issues or treatment you may require, including ingrown nail removal, diabetic foot checks, and more. To schedule an appointment, please call (609) 924-8333 for Princeton or (908) 687-5757 for Roselle Park.