How Do Ingrown Nails Occur?
Ingrown nails are condition caused by the corner or edge of a toenail that breaks the skin thus causing pain, inflammation and quite often infection. This infection usually leads to people trying to remove the offending corner of nail to relieve pain. Ingrown nails can occur for several reasons. One reason is the shape of the toe nail. Some people have genetically curved nails or “U” shaped nails. The edge of the nail will thus have a tendency to grow into the flesh on the edge of the toe. People with this type of nail often find it necessary to routinely remove the corner of the nail to prevent pain. The second reason is people who routinely cut their nails too far into the corners. This causes the surrounding tissues to grow over the nail edge thus causing the nail to grow into the tissue when it grows longer. The third reason is trauma to the toe. This quite often happens when the tip or corner of the toe impacts a shoe often when running or gets stepped on. The tissue swells around the nail corner causing pain and inflammation.