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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Who Is Most Prone to Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails, a condition where the nail grows into the skin surrounding it, can affect certain people due to a combination of genetic predispositions, lifestyle choices, and physical activities. People can inherit toenail shapes that are more susceptible to becoming ingrown, such as overly curved or thick nails. These people may also have a familial history of the condition. Additionally, athletes and those engaged in activities that place repeated pressure on the toes, such as soccer, ballet, or running, are at a heightened risk due to the constant stress and trauma to the toenails. Improper footwear that constricts the toes can further exacerbate the likelihood of developing this painful condition. Additionally, improper nail care practices, including cutting toenails too short or with rounded edges, can result in the nail growing into the surrounding skin. Recognizing these risk factors can help you prevent ingrown toenails in the future. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested you visit a podiatrist. This type of doctor can effectively treat ingrown toenails and offer you suggestions for prevention based on any risk factors you may have. 

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 one of our podiatrists of Ocotillo Foot and Ankle Centers. 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 offices located in Chandler, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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