Ingrown nails occur when the nail begins to dig into the side of the toe as it grows. This causes pain and sometimes infection. They can happen for several reasons; if the nail is too wide, too curled, if the nail is cut too aggressively or improperly as well as from tight or narrow shoes. These are a few common causes, but sometimes it just happens.
The best answer to the question, "Can I avoid ingrown nails?", is, only if you are causing them. If the shoe is too tight or if someone is cutting the nail improperly, these factors impact the way the nail grows and therefore can be avoided. However, if it is due to the structure of the nail itself, then it is likely the ingrown nail will continue to occur.
Regardless of the cause, we can treat ingrown toenails quickly and effectively.
Call our office for a consultation.
Dr. Matthew F. Wachtler, DPM, FACFAS
Cedar Grove Foot and Ankle Specialists