What is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails happen when the nail grows inwards towards the flesh instead of over it. This occurs more often with the big toe. People who have thick or curved nails are more likely to encounter ingrown toenails. Anybody can get ingrown nails, whether that be a result of an accident, improper care of feet, or poorly fitting shoes. In some cases, people with numbness in the toes, vascular problems, or diabetes need to be treated as soon as possible because it could lead to serious complications. Ingrown toenail removal is important to prevent further injury.
Ingrown Toenail Causes
Improperly trimmed or damaged nails can become ingrown nails, that dig into the skin at the side of the nail. Trimming your nails too short, rounding out the edges, or wearing shoes that are too tight are common causes of ingrown nails. Injuries such as jamming or stubbing your toe can also cause ingrown nails. If the factors causing the ingrown nail persists, then you may notice more pain, swelling, and even infection.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails
- Redness around the toenail.
- The sharp end of the nail will be digging or pressing into the flesh on both or one side of the nail.
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Preventing Ingrown Toenails
In order to prevent ingrown nails, you must first make sure that you are properly trimming your nails. Submerge your feet to soften the nails. Cutting the nail straight across and leaving enough to cover the toe can help prevent ingrown nails.
Always wear socks and shoes that fit properly. Women need to be cautious of confined, pointed, shoes such as high heels as they can cause ingrown nails by putting pressure on the toes. Parents should help trim young children’s nails. An older relative may need your help as well because of impaired movement and health.