V Cut & Ingrown Toenails – Debunking an Urban Legend

If you have spent any considerable amount of time searching the internet for ingrown toenail treatments you may have come across recommendations that advise the practice of making a “v cut” incision to the tip of the problematic toenail.

The premise is that by small v-shaped wedge out of the tip of the toenail that you will alleviate the pressure forcing the nail to grow outward into your nail bed. The theory goes that since there is some space or gap created by the “v cut” that the essentially the nail will take the path of least resistance, similar to how water flows.

You can chalk this up to being an Old Wives’ Tale and an urban legend.