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Ingrown Toenail Causes and Symptoms

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There are a couple of reasons why we see many patients for ingrown toenail treatment. One is that the condition does not discriminate when it comes to age, gender, or other factors: anyone with toenails could have a nail that becomes ingrown. Beyond that simple fact, there are several ingrown toenail causes, which gives everyone multiple opportunities to develop the problem. Fortunately, knowing what causes them can enable you to take measures to reduce your risk of sustaining one in the first place!

The following often contribute to ingrowing nails:

  • Trimming Toenails ProperlyIll-fitting footwear. Shoes that are too small or too tight squash the toes together in the front, and crowded toenails can start to grow into the soft skin flanking them.
  • Physical trauma. Dropping something heavy on your foot or stubbing a toe by kicking something with a lot of force can lead to the development of an ingrown toenail.
  • Improper nail trimming practices. Trimming nails too short and rounding them off can encourage toenails to grow into the skin. Instead, make sure you clip them straight across and even with the edge of the respective toes.
  • Inherited nail structure. If you have a close relative, like a parent or sibling, who has ingrown toenails, the odds are considerably higher that you will also develop one. Unfortunately, this is one cause that is not particularly avoidable. What you can do, though, is be mindful of the symptoms and address the problem at the earliest opportunity.

Watch for these symptoms of ingrown toenails:

  • Swollen skin surrounding the toenail
  • Redness and pain
  • Tenderness along the sides of the nail
  • Infected tissue around the toenail

If you notice any of these symptoms, there are measures you can take at home which might be able to effectively address the condition. For cases that are severe or recurring, or if you simply would prefer to have a professional handle it for you, give Dallas Podiatry Works a call and set up an appointment at one of our offices and we will be glad to help.

You can reach our Dallas, TX office at (972) 566-7474, our Plano office at (972) 943-3323, or either location using our toll-free number (888) 716-5283. Of course, you can also request your appointment online right on our website. 

Category: Toenail Restoration

Dr. David R. Northcutt
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Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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