Routine toenail care helps individuals avoid serious but preventable problems. Ingrown nails are a common issue and can become prevalent as people age. Ingrown nails may happen because of a naturally wide nail plate or by cutting the toenail improperly and may become susceptible to infection if not cared for. As we age our toenails may also become thicker and difficult to cut. Some people may have an unusual shaped nail that makes it difficult to shape and cut. Others develop bulky, brittle, flakey nails that are prone to catch on socks and cause damage to the toe. A foot care nurse will be able to reduces the thickest, longest toenails and may provide help with ingrown toenails.