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Ingrown Toenail (cont.)

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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
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Fungus infection of the nails (onychomycosis)
  • Arthritis
  • Soft tissue or bony 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.

What causes infections in ingrown toenails?

The warm, moist environment of the feet can be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. These commonly include Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas, dermatophytes, Candida, and Trichophyton. When there is a break in the skin from the offending nail border, these organisms can invade the area and cause an infection. Treatment for these infections is essential to maintain healthy toenails and feet.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2014

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