Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including improper nail trimming (cutting nails too short or rounding the edges), wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, trauma or injury to the toe, genetic predisposition, and certain foot deformities. These factors can cause the toenail to grow into the surrounding skin, leading to an ingrown toenail.
How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
To help prevent ingrown toenails, it is important to trim your toenails properly. Cut them straight across, and keep them at a moderate length. Wear comfortable and properly fitted shoes that provide enough room for your toes. If you have a tendency to develop ingrown toenails, your podiatrist may recommend additional preventive measures or provide guidance specific to your situation.
How are ingrown toenails treated by a podiatrist?
Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat ingrown toenails. Treatment options may include removing the ingrown portion of the nail, and providing advice on proper nail care and footwear. In some cases, a procedure called a partial nail avulsion may be performed, where a portion of the nail is permanently removed to prevent recurrence. Your podiatrist will determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the severity of your ingrown toenail.