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What Has Caused My Ingrown Toenail?

Toenails grow over the skin, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it. This can be an extremely painful foot condition, and may be caused by genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that are too tight. It may also happen if a toe injury has occurred, such as stubbing the foot against a piece of furniture. Research has indicated that having poor posture may lead to developing an ingrown toenail. This may cause the toes to push together, and pressure can be exerted on them as they grow. Additionally, a common reason to have an ingrown toenail can be from cutting the toenails incorrectly, or from having poor foot hygiene. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can correct this painful condition, which may include surgery for permanent relief. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact James Pak, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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