The Facts on Ingrown Toenails:

What Is An Ingrown Toenail?

Image of top of foot indicating where  pain occurs from an ingrown toenail. 

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the skin of your toe. You can also get them when the skin on the side of your toe grows over the toenail. While any toe can be affected, your big toe is the most likely place to get one.

You may have an ingrown toenail if you experience pain, swelling and redness along the side of your toenail. You may also notice drainage or pus if you have developed an infection at the site.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

There are many causes of ingrown toenails. Some of the most common include:

  • Curved or abnormally shaped toenails
  • Trauma that drives the nail into the skin
  • Tight shoes that push the curved toenail into the skin
  • Injury to the toenail causing abnormal growth
  • Cutting toenails too short or “digging” into the sides of them
  • Thickened toenails
  • Hereditary factors: It is common to see ingrown toenails in related family members

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