How are ingrown nails prevented?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Amira M Elbendary, MBBCh, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Good hygiene and wearing appropriately sized footgear are important. Shoes with narrow, pointed toes that compress the forefoot should not be worn.

Teaching the patient and parents to keep the nail margin in the nail groove, how to properly trim the nail, and how to choose shoes with an accommodating toe box is vital to prevent further visits.

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