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Ingrown Toenail

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which one or more of the edges of a toenail grows into the skin of the toe.

What is going on in the body?

Usually one or both sides of the toenail dig into the flesh surrounding the nail. This often causes pain and inflammation.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

A person has a higher risk of developing this condition if he or she:

  • has diabetes
  • has circulation problems in the feet
  • has curved toenails
  • clips his or her toenails too short or allows the nails to become too long
  • wears shoes that fit too tightly
  • has thickened toenails


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    Ingrown Toenail: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Janet E. Simon, DPM
    Date Reviewed: 08/27/01

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