Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails can develop if the edges of the nail grows into the surrounding skin.

Cause

Pressure is always to blame for ingrown nails. External pressure from tight socks, and improperly fitted or shaped footwear, toes and toe nails are subjected to mild and consistent pressure. Throughout years, this pressure can change the shape, thickness and architecture of nails, increasing likelihood of nails being compressed into the skin surrounding the nail.

Signs and Symptoms

The following signs and symptoms may be associated with an ingrown toenail:

  • Pain and tenderness along one or both sides of your nail
  • Redness around your involved area
  • Swelling around your affected toenail
  • Infection of the tissue surrounding your involved toenail

Recovery

Conservative treatment for ongoing nail health involves the use of footwear with adequate room around the toes, and a toe box that is widest at the ends of the toes.

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