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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that can be painful and cause infection.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common foot problem that can be caused by wearing tight shoes, improper nail trimming, or an injury. They occur when the corner of the nail grows into the skin and causes inflammation and pain. The most common symptom of ingrown toenails is pain in the affected area. The pain may worsen when you walk or put weight on your feet. You may also experience redness and swelling around the affected area.

Q. What are the causes of ingrown toenails?

  • wearing crowded shoes
  • cutting toenails too short or not straight across
  • injury to the toenails
  • curved toenails¬†

Q. What are the symptoms of ingrown toenails?

  • pain and tenderness
  • inflamed skin
  • swelling
  • infection¬†

Q. What are the risk factors of ingrown toenails?

  • being an adolescent, as the feet tend to perspire, the nail and skin softens
  • nail habits that encourage nail to grow into skin
  • cutting the nails too short or rounding the corners
  • reduced ability to care for your nails
  • wearing shoes that constrict the toes
  • activities that put your toes at risk such as running and soccer
  • conditions such as poor blood flow, such as diabetes

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