Ingrown toenail, also known as onychocryptosis, is a condition where the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, discomfort, and potential infection. The causes of an ingrown toenail can include:
- Improper nail trimming: Cutting the toenails too short or rounding the edges can cause the nail to grow into the skin.
- Genetics: Some individuals may have naturally curved or excessively thick nails, making them more prone to becoming ingrown.
- Tight shoes or improper footwear: Wearing shoes that crowd or compress the toes can increase the likelihood of an ingrown toenail.
- Trauma or injury to the toe: Stubbing the toe or repetitive trauma can lead to the development of an ingrown toenail.
- Abnormal nail shape: Certain conditions like fungal infections or nail disorders can cause the nail to grow irregularly, increasing the risk of ingrown toenails.
- Poor foot hygiene: Inadequate cleaning of the feet or not keeping the nails properly trimmed can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails.
- Excessive sweating: Excessive perspiration can soften the skin around the toenails, making it easier for the nail to penetrate the skin.
It is important to address an ingrown toenail promptly to prevent complications such as infection. If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, it is recommended to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional or a podiatrist.« Back to Glossary Index