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Ingrown nail

Ingrown nail

Ingrown nails are nail issues impinging on the skin and sometimes penetrating it, causing pain and/or local infections. They usually affect the big toe but can affect all nails. Foot care can sometimes eliminate ingrown toenails or at least maintain comfort to your toes. On the other hand, some ingrown nails require a noninvasive surgical procedure to permanently remove the ingrown section of the nail.

Causes of ingrown nails :

Bad nail cutting

An inadequate cut of the nail can leave a sharp edge and injure the skin.

Hit / trauma

A nail trauma can split the nail or even injure the skin.


A loose-fitting shoe or a too tight shoe can compress the nail on the skin and cause an ingrown nail.

Shape of the nail

The shape of your nail can be the main cause. A nail that is too wide for the skin will cause recurrent ingrown nails.

Improper walking

A gait disfunction can unbalance the pressure on the toes and push the nail into the skin.