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Common Causes of Toenails

The big toe is generally affected when an ingrown toenail develops. An ingrown toenail happens when the nail grows into the side of the skin instead of over it. Common reasons for it to develop can consist of wearing shoes that are too tight, or it may happen if it is prevalent in family history. It may also occur from improperly trimming the toenails or if a foot injury has happened. The symptoms that are associated with an ingrown toenail can include redness and swelling, and it may become infected if medical attention is not sought. People who have diabetes have a higher risk of developing an infection from an ingrown toenail. If you would like additional methods of effectively preventing ingrown toenails, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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