An ingrown toenail is a condition that occurs when the sides or edges of the toenail press through the skin around the nail bed. The toe becomes inflamed and sometimes infected. This can be very painful.
The main causes of an ingrown toenail are improper trimming of the toenail, an inherited or hereditary condition, and improper shoe fitting. Injury by overly aggressive pedicures and nail picking are also common causes.
If you suspect an infection due to an ingrown toenail, immerse the foot in a warm salt water soak, or a basin of soapy water, then apply an antiseptic and bandage the area.
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Trimming toenails too short is the most common cause, but other causes include:
The shape of your foot
Damage to the toe
Footwear that presses the toes
Ingrown toenails can be prevented by:
Trimming toenails straight across with no rounded corners.
Ensuring that shoes and socks are not too tight.
Keeping feet clean at all times.
Our office can treat ingrown toenails by extracting the buried edges of the nail. If the condition recurs often, we may recommend removing the toenail.
If left untreated the ingrown area may become infected. Bone infection may be a result of neglected nail infections.