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What Can Make Ingrown Toenails More Likely?

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail grow into the surrounding skin rather than over it. This can happen on any of the toes, but most frequently affects the big toe. Certain factors can make someone more likely to develop ingrown toenails. Wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area can cause the toes to be compressed and can put excess pressure on the nail, pushing it against the skin. Trimming the toenails in a rounded shape or too short can also cause ingrown toenails. Excessive sweating in the feet can make the skin of the nail folds so soft that the nail easily pokes into it. Other factors that may make ingrown toenails more likely include a history of nail infections, having nail shape or structure abnormalities, and having a genetic predisposition to ingrown nails. For more information about how to care for your toenails and prevent ingrown nails, please consult with a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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