Ingrown toenail is a condition in which the sharp edge of a nail grows into the flesh of a toe. This occurs usually on the great (big) toe.
Causes of Toenail, Ingrown
Ingrown toenails may occur if the nail formation is more curved than normal. It can occur if the toenail is clipped back too far allowing tissue to grow up over it. Improperly fitting shoes, particularly ones that force the toe of the shoe against the nail and surrounding tissue, can produce ingrown toenails. Activities that produce sudden stops may produce ingrown toenails.
Signs and Symptoms of Toenail, Ingrown
Symptoms include pain and tenderness of the involved toenail. If an infection develops, the area becomes red, hot and swollen.
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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