Ingrown toenails are usually caused by trimming toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes. Ingrown toenails happen when the sides of your toenail dig into your skin. Ingrown toenails are very common, but can be very painful and cause infection.
In most cases, treating ingrown toenails is simple: soak your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day. Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks. If you have an infection, we might prescribe antibiotics. In severe and infection cases, we might need to surgically remove part or all of your ingrown toenail.
how to prevent ingrown toenails:
- Trim toenails straight across with no rounded corners
- Ensure that your shoes and socks aren't too tight
- Keep your feet clean at all times