Table of Contents
- Ingrown toenail facts
- What are ingrown toenails?
- What causes ingrown toenails?
- Are some people more prone to ingrown toenails?
- Which nails are most commonly affected by ingrown toenails?
- What causes infections in ingrown toenails?
- What are ingrown toenail symptoms and signs?
- How do physicians diagnose an ingrown toenail?
- What are possible complications of ingrown toenails?
- Are there any home remedies for an ingrown toenail?
- When should someone seek medical treatment for an ingrown toenail?
- What kind of doctor treats ingrown toenails?
- What is the treatment for ingrown toenails?
- What types of nail surgery are used for ingrown toenails?
- What does the recovery from toenail surgery entail?
- What is the appearance of the nail after surgery?
- How can people prevent ingrown toenails from recurring?
- Ingrown toenail do's
- Ingrown toenail don'ts
- What is the prognosis for an ingrown toenail?
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Are some people more prone to ingrown toenails?
There are a number of risk factors that may predispose a person to having an ingrown toenail. The following are some of the more common:
- Athletics, particularly stop and start sports such as tennis, soccer, and basketball
- Improper shoe gear that is either too small or too large
- Repetitive pressure or trauma to the feet
- Poor foot hygiene
- Abnormal gait
- Foot or toe deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes
- Congenital toenail deformity
- Abnormally long toes
- Fungus infection of the nails (onychomycosis)
- Bony or soft-tissue tumors of the toes
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet)
- Edema of the lower extremities
Which nails are most commonly affected by ingrown toenails?
Ingrown toenails most commonly occur in the large or "great toes." However, any of the toenails can be affected on either border or side.
American Podiatric Medical Association