Ingrown Toenails Have Many Causes
Ingrown toenails, the most common nail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. Usually, toenails grow straight out. Sometimes, however, one or both corners or sides curve and grow into the flesh. The big toe is usually the victim of this condition, but other toes can also become affected.
Ingrown nails may be cause by:
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. People with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or other circulatory disorders must avoid any form of self treatment and seek podiatric medical care as soon as possible.
- Improperly trimmed nails (Trim then straight across, not longer than the tip of the toes. Do not round off corners. use toenail clippers.)
- Shoe pressure; crowding of toes
- Repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities