An ingrown toenail is most likely to occur on the big toe and is characterized by the edge of your toenail growing sideways and pushing into the skin of your toe, rather than growing over the top of it. Seniors are more susceptible to developing ingrown toenails, although this painful and often easily avoided condition can strike kids too.
Here are 3 of the causes of ingrown toenails:
- Improper toenail cutting technique—One of the primary causes of ingrown toenails is improper cutting. One of the easiest ways to prevent the toenail from getting started growing in the wrong direction is to be sure to cut your toenails straight across and a little long. That way, the nail can’t easily grow into the tender skin on the edge.
- Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes that are too tight can press your toes together and push on your toenails. This added pressure can cause the toenail to grow into the skin.
- Hereditary influence—The tendency to develop ingrown toenails can also run in families, so if your parents have them, then be aware. Proper care and cutting technique can help mitigate these hereditary tendencies.
You can try to treat an ingrown toenail on your own by lifting up the edge of the nail and holding it in place with a piece of cotton. The nail will eventually grow out, but it can take a while, and you have to monitor the nail daily.
If you are experiencing complications with ingrown toenails, seeing your podiatrist will ensure that you are getting the proper treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!