Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail, otherwise known as onychocryptosis, is a condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the flesh of the foot. It’s a very common condition which usually affects the big toe and can generally be self-diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.
People with curved or thick nails are particularly susceptible to this condition, although anyone could suffer from an ingrown toenail due to the following:
- Shoes that don’t fit
- Improper care and grooming of feet
An ingrown toenail can create pain, redness, and swelling of the affected area so it’s important that the toe receives medical attention. It is especially important for people with diabetes to visit a doctor as soon as they notice an ingrown toenail as they are at greater risk of complications.
Other tips for avoiding an ingrown toenail:
- Trim nails often to avoid overgrowth and improper condition of the foot
- Trim nails straight across as a damaged or poorly cut nail could grow into skin of the toe
- Leave enough toenail to cover the toe and protect it
- Smooth sharp edges of the nails with an emery board
- Avoid stubbing or jamming your toes on hard objects as injury could cause an ingrown toenail to form
- Be sure to wear shoes, socks, and hosiery that fit properly and are not too tight