3 Causes of Ingrown Toenails



























Regardless of their age, gender or occupation, people should always aim to stay on top of their podiatric health. By doing so, they can prevent a number of issues, such as ingrown toenails. This issue can be extremely uncomfortable, and if they aren’t treated efficiently and properly, they can potentially lead to an infection.


With this in mind, it is easy to see why people should take the time to learn about the causes of ingrown toenails. By doing this, people can minimize the chances of it happening to them and the people around them.


1. Poor Choice of Footwear

A person’s choice of footwear can have a huge impact on their overall podiatric health. If a person wears overly tight or narrow shoes on a regular basis, it can cause them to form an ingrown toenail.


This is because the tightness of the shoes will put a large amount of pressure on the person’s toes. If the toes are under an abnormal amount of pressure, it will make it easier for the nail to grow incorrectly.

2. Minor Foot Injury

Although it may seem unlikely, a minor foot injury can also cause an ingrown toenail. Examples of these injuries include stubbing, jamming, or bumping the toe. If the toe is hit with enough force, it can bend the nail, cause it to grow in an abnormal way.

3. Genetics

Many people are predisposed to a number of different things like baldness, diseases, and more. These issues are in a person’s genetics and usually can't be avoided. Although it isn’t well known, ingrown toenails may be related to genetics. If a person’s parents, grandparents, or any other of their other relatives have suffered from chronic ingrown toenails, the person may be prone to getting them.


There are a number of different things that can cause ingrown toenails. Some of the most common causes are a poor choice of footwear or suffering a minor foot injury like stubbing the toe. Although it is less common, people can be genetically predisposed to getting ingrown toenails.


However, this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are a number of other unique causes of ingrown toenails.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the causes of ingrown toenails, don’t be afraid to get in contact with the experts at Bayview Medical.