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Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be a painful and frustrating condition commonly affecting the big toe. Understanding the causes and appropriate treatment options can help you alleviate discomfort and prevent further complications. One of the causes of ingrown toenails is improper nail trimming. Cutting nails too short or rounding the edges can encourage the nail to grow into the skin. Additionally, wearing tight-fitting shoes that crowd the toes can exert pressure on the toenails, increasing the risk of ingrowth. Trauma or injury to the toe can also be a culprit of ingrown nails. Stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it can cause the nail to grow abnormally. To alleviate ingrown toenail pain, the affected foot can be soaked in warm, soapy water to reduce swelling and soften the skin. Proper nail care and wearing comfortable shoes can help prevent this painful condition, ensuring your feet stay healthy and pain-free. If the problem persists or becomes infected, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. Antibiotics may be recommended and in severe cases, a minor surgical procedure may be done to remove the ingrown part of the nail. 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Crosstown Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wayne, Montclair, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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