Ingrown Toe Nails: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention


In grown toe nails can be a painful condition. In this article we will explore the causes of ingrown toe nails, treatment options, and prevention tips. If you are suffering from an ingrown toe nail, please consult a podiatrist for advice on the best course of treatment.

Ingrown toe nails can be caused by a number of factors. Common causes are:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight. This can cause the toe to become crowded and the nails to grow into the skin.

  • Trimming the nails too short or rounding the corners of the nails. This can also cause the nails to grow into the skin.

  • Trauma to the nail, through spoiling or stubbing the toe. This can cause the nail to grow into the skin.

  • Genetic factors.

The most common symptom of an ingrown toe nail is pain and inflammation around the affected area. In severe cases, the toe may become infected. If you think you have an ingrown toe nail, please consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.


There are a few ways to prevent ingrown toe nails from happening.

Wear shoes that fit properly. This means there should be enough room in the toe area so that your toes are not cramped up and trim your nails straight across and avoid rounding the corners.


If the ingrown toe nail is already present, it is important to see a podiatrist, they will be able to appropriately assess the severity of your ingrown toe nail and recommend the best course of treatment. This may include:

  • Antibiotics if the toe is infected

  • Removal of the ingrown nail conservatively

  • Minor surgery to remove the ingrown portion of the nail if required.

  • Advice on salt water soaks and preventative tips for the future.

Key takeaways from this blog post:

- In grown toe nails are common but can be quite painful.

- Trim your nails straight across and not into corners.

- Wear adequate fitting shoes, with enough room in the toe box.

- Surgery is sometimes required to remove the ingrown portion of the nail.

- Podiatrists can offer advice on how to prevent ingrown toe nails in the future.


If you have any concerns regarding your feet, book an appointment with The Performance Podiatrist today! We would be more than happy to help you.







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