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Causes of Ingrown Toenails

If you notice that the skin around your toenail has become red, swollen and painful, especially when wearing shoes, you probably have an ingrown toenail. It could become infected if left untreated. The two main causes of ingrown toenails, which typically affect the big toe, are tight shoes and toenails that have been improperly cut. Other causes include stubbing your toe, picking or tearing your toenails or the skin around them, and having sweaty feet. Ingrown toenails are more common in older people, because the nails become thicker with age. The best way to avoid an ingrown toenail is to trim the nails straight across and not too short; wear shoes that fit well; and keep your feet clean and dry. If you have continual problems with ingrown toenails, or have developed an infection, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Ingrown toenails are more likely to develop in people who have diabetes and circulation problems. If you have either of these conditions, it is wise to visit a podiatrist regularly for treatment. 


 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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