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Ingrown Toenail Causes & Risks


The most common causes of an ingrown toenail are:

  • Improper cutting or trimming of the toenail (rounding the edges of the nail rather than cutting the nail straight across)
  • Wearing footwear that is too tight
  • Repeated trauma to the toes (toe jamming), often due to sports activities

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. The main risk factor for ingrown toenails is having family members with ingrown toenails.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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