If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you know the pain that it can cause. Not only that, but it’s annoying — we use our toes in some way or another as part of our usual daily movement, and this use and constant knocking seems to aggravate the nail even more. It makes the pain more noticeable and seems to last forever!
An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, may occur at any age and is one of the mostly common toenail problems. It can be a painful condition that can easily become infected without proper care. While more studies need to be conducted, there are a few that suggest a slightly higher male-to-female ratio, particularly in the 14–25 age group; however, it can affect patients of any age.
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There are multiple reasons why an ingrown toenail develops, including: (1)
improper nail-cutting technique
anatomical factors like thickening of the nail plate
a pincer-shaped toenail
pressure from abutting digits caused by hallux valgus or lesser toe deformities
the presence of a subungual exostosis
occasionally, the use of isotretinoin in the treatment of severe acne
Something that’s often forgotten is that toenail fungus can become part of the problem too. Usually, nail fungus occurs when fungus enters the nail through a small trauma, such as a cut or break in the nail. Though often a misconception, nail fungus is not caused by poor hygiene. However, if you have an ingrown toenail, you need to be conscious of keeping the area clean. (2)