Ingrown toenails occur when an edge of the nail penetrates into the surrounding skin. All the beginning the pain may only be minor and cause little discomfort but as the nail continues to grow it may grow deeper, causing inflammation and swelling in the surrounding tissue resulting in pain and even infection.
Reasons that ingrown toenail may occur
- Genetic – Natural involuted nail shape which makes you extremely prone to ingrown toenails.
- Footwear – Shoes that are too tight or too narrow can put increased pressure around your toes.
- Trauma – Stubbing or dropping something on your toes can charge your nail shape or break off your nail leaving a piece behind to grow in
- Nail care – When cut your nails too short or pick/peel your nail, this can leave behind little spicules that love to grow into the skin.
Seeing Your Foot Specialist on a regular basis is often times enough to eliminate the ingrown toenail