Ingrown nails can develop if the edges of the nail grows into the surrounding skin.
Pressure is always to blame for ingrown nails. External pressure from tight socks, and improperly fitted or shaped footwear, toes and toe nails are subjected to mild and consistent pressure. Throughout years, this pressure can change the shape, thickness and architecture of nails, increasing likelihood of nails being compressed into the skin surrounding the nail.
Signs and Symptoms
The following signs and symptoms may be associated with an ingrown toenail:
Conservative treatment for ongoing nail health involves the use of footwear with adequate room around the toes, and a toe box that is widest at the ends of the toes.