What causes ingrown toenails?

Toe with ingrown nailSore, red toes from the nails pressing into the skin are a rather common problem, likely because there are several different root causes of ingrown toenails. They can develop when you clip your nails too short and/or rounds off the edges. They also can happen when poorly-fitting footwear squashes toes together in the front. Physical trauma, as when a heavy object is dropped, can also lead to ingrown toenails.

While you can learn the proper way to trim nails, pick out shoes that fit correctly, and wear protective footwear when moving heavy items, you can’t change the physical structure of the nails you inherit. Some folks just have unusually curved nails, which can also lead to this condition.

When you have a painful ingrown toenail, you may need professional care to properly address it. In such a case, make sure to reach out and contact our foot specialists here at Brook Valley Podiatry. We will provide the treatment you need, so schedule your appointment at our Spring Valley office by calling (845) 352-7507. You can also use our convenient online form to contact us.

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