That pain at the end edge of your toenail is uncomfortable and disturbing. An ingrown toenail is when the nail grows into the skin causing pain and irritation to the skin. When the skin is broken, it poses risk to allow bacteria that can cause infections making the ingrown toenail more painful; see a doctor for ingrown toenail immediately. If you notice that you have painful, red, swollen, and hot toenails, it might be infected. Though one question sticks with you, why do you have ingrown toenails?
There are several reasons:
Heredity – Several ingrown toenails patients inherit the condition from one or both parents.
Improper trimming – This is one of the most common causes of ingrown toenails. Trimming the nails too short encourages the skin at the edges to fold over. A cut straight will be just fine.
Ill-fitting footwear – Too short or tight shoes crowd your feet, creating an environment for the development of painful ingrown toenails. This cause is common among teens and adolescents because of the body changes, they outgrow their footwear quickly. Often, they do not change the shoes immediately they feel tight, they wait for a while before getting a properly fitting pair of shoes.
Trauma – Dropping something, stubbing, or jamming your toe occasionally can cause ingrown toenails. Also, activities that put repeated pressure on the toes; such as ballet, running, and soccer, can cause the condition to develop.
Pedicures – This cause is common in women than men. Getting a pedicure from an inexperienced nail technician might trim the nail short. It will create room for the skin to fold over the toenail.
Poor circulation – Patients who suffer from underlying conditions that cause poor circulation are more vulnerable to the development of ingrown toenails. Patients suffering from heart disease and diabetes are vulnerable. People with a long history of tobacco abuse are more vulnerable to the development of ingrown toenails repeatedly.
If you fall under any of these groups, make an appointment with an ingrown toenail foot doctor. If not treated correctly, ingrown toenails may become painful. Contact Ejodamen B Shobowale, DPM of DeNiel Foot & Ankle Center for more information on ingrown toenails. Our doctor will give you the treatment you need to stay pain-free and on your feet.