What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

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An ingrown toenail frequently occurs on the big toe, but any toe can be affected. The condition is characterized by the edge of your toenail growing sideways and pushing into the tender skin on the edge of your toe. People over fifty are more susceptible to developing ingrown toenails, but this painful and often easily avoided condition can strike at almost any age.

Some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails include the following:

●     Poor toenail cutting method—This is probably the most easily preventable cause of ingrown toenails. You can mostly avoid getting ingrown toenails by paying careful attention when you are trimming your nails. Always cut your toenails straight across and not too short. Leave them a little on the long side, which will help prevent the nail from getting started growing in the wrong direction.

●     Shoes that are too tight—Improperly fitted shoes that are too tight can press on your toes and force the nail to push into the sensitive skin on your toe. High-heeled shoes are particularly good at causing ingrown toenails.

●     Hereditary tendency—The likelihood of getting ingrown toenails may be something you inherited from your parents, but taking proactive steps as outlined above can counteract this tendency.

Treating an ingrown toenail yourself can be difficult and painful so leave it up to an experienced foot care specialist. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, our podiatrist, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.