When the sharp edge of your toenail grows into the skin on the edge of your toe, the result can be extremely painful, often making it difficult to wear shoes without severe discomfort. While the tendency to develop ingrown toenails can be inherited, there are some simple ways you can help to prevent them from starting in the first place.
3 causes of ingrown toenails include the following:
- Genetic predisposition—Conditions that are partially caused by a tendon imbalance (like hammertoes and bunions) can push the toes together and cause pressure that increases the chances of getting an ingrown toenail.
- Cutting your toenails too short—One of the easiest ways to prevent an ingrown toenail from getting started is to be careful not to cut your toenails too short and to cut them straight across (or on just a slight curve). That way the sharp edge of the nail will be kept away from the tender skin on the edge of your toe.
- Shoes that are too tight—Wearing shoes that are supportive, but not too tight, or constricting in the toe box are essential. Shoes like high heels push the toes together and increase the chances of developing many feet and ankle problems including bunions.
If you are experiencing the pain and discomfort of an ingrown toenail, see your foot doctor for the proper treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.