Ingrown Toenails (cont.)
Ingrown Toenail Causes
Tight-fitting shoes or high heels cause the toes to be compressed together and pressure the nail to grow abnormally.
Improper trimming of toenails can cause the corners of the nail to dig into the skin. Nails should be trimmed straight across, not rounded.
Disorders such as fungal infections of the nail can cause a thickened or widened toenail to develop.
Either an acute injury near the nail or anything that causes the nail to be damaged repetitively (such as playing soccer) can also cause an ingrown nail.
If a member of your family has an ingrown toenail, then you are more likely to develop one, too. Some people's nails are normally more rounded than others or the underlying bone can be more "upturned," which increases the chance of developing ingrown nails.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/10/2014
Allison Harvey, MD, FACEP
Must Read Articles Related to Ingrown Toenails
An abscess is has several causes and can appear on many parts of the body, such as the dental, vaginal, and rectal areas. In general, home remedies or cures are...learn more >>
Antibiotics are prescribed to individuals to cure disease by killing bacteria. There are over 100 antibiotics. The main classes of antibiotics include penicilli...learn more >>
Chemotherapy or "chemo" is a treatment for cancer. Depending on the type of cancer an individual has, it can cure cancer, control cancer. or ease cancer symptom...learn more >>
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Ingrown Toenails: