What causes an ingrown toenail?

Walk without ingrown toenailsAn ingrown toenail could have several different causes. One of the most common culprits is actually your footwear. Shoes that are too tight, too short, too narrow, or two pointed can encourage the toenail to curve and curl, growing into your skin instead of above it. Cutting your nails too short or leaving them too long could also contribute to the problem. Nails that are too short may end up growing into the skin instead of above it. When the keratin is too long, it’s more susceptible to being pinched and curved by your footwear.

Even an injury could play a role. Sometimes stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it can damage the nail so it becomes ingrown. Sometimes preexisting infections or conditions may change the nail’s shape as it grows, increasing your risk as well. A few people simply have naturally curved nails that may be prone to the problem. Whatever the cause, the sooner you deal with it, the easier it is to manage it. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Cherry Creek, Parker, and Castle Pines will help you. Just call (303) 805-5156 or use the web request form to reach us.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC