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Causes and Preventive Measures for Ingrown Toenails

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edges or corners of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin, leading to pain and potential infection. Several factors contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, including improper nail trimming, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes that compress the toes, and hereditary predispositions. Additionally, injuries or trauma to the toe can increase the likelihood of ingrown nails. Preventing this discomfort begins with adopting careful nail cutting practices, which is defined as trimming the nails straight across and avoiding rounded edges. Wearing shoes with adequate toe room and opting for breathable, moisture-wicking socks helps maintain optimal foot hygiene. Individuals with recurring ingrown toenails may benefit from consulting a podiatrist, who can provide guidance on proper foot care. If you have developed this ailment, it is strongly suggested to speak to this type of doctor who can determine what the best treatment method is for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Randy Garr of Utah. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Provo, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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