An ingrown toenail develops when the sides of the toenail have grown into the surrounding skin. You can experience symptoms such as pain, tenderness and swelling in your toe.
The most common Causes of ingrown toenails are:
- Certain shape of the nails such as Fan shaped nails, involuted nails.
- Ill-fitting shoes (wearing incorrect size shoes-too small short or tight shoes)
- Incorrectly cutting toenails
- Picking pr peeing your toenails
Our podiatrist will correctly advise you if you need to have a conservative treatment or if nail surgery is required to remove the problematic nail side permanently. If the ingrown toenails are left untreated, they can become infected and also can cause infection to underlying bone or cellulitis. It is important to seek professional advice as soon as pain or abnormalities on the toe appear.