Self-Treatment of Minor Foot Problems

W. Steven Pray, PhD, RPh


US Pharmacist. 2002;27(3) 

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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail turns in its growth and grows into the skin. This painful condition can be caused by improper cutting or shoes with inappropriately tight toe boxes. Patients should be instructed to cut their toenails straight across, without tapering the sides.

No nonprescription product or device can reverse this condition safely. Some patients attempt to excise the toenail themselves with nonsterile scissors, but this may leave a section of nail imbedded in the skin, allowing it to serve as a nidus for infection. In all cases, patients should instead be advised to visit a podiatrist or physician for appropriate care.