What does an Ingrown Toenail feel like?
When you first have an ingrown toenail, it may be hard, swollen and tender. Later, it may get red and infected and you will feel very sore. Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition-- particularly among teenagers. Any of your toenails can become ingrown, but the problem most often affects the big toe.
What does an Ingrown Toenail look like?
An ingrown nail occurs when the skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. Redness, pain and swelling at the corner of the nail may result and infection may soon follow. Sometimes a small amount of pus can be seen draining from the area.
Why does it happen or what causes it?
If you trim your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, you may set the stage for an ingrown toenail. Like many people, when you trim your toenails, you may taper the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. But this technique may encourage your toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. The sides of the nail curl down and dig into your skin. An ingrown toenail may also happen if you wear shoes that are too tight or too short. Ingrown nails may develop for many reasons. Some cases are congenital-- the nail is just too large for the toe. Trauma, such as stubbing the toe or having the toe stepped on, may also cause an ingrown nail. However, the most common cause is tight shoe wear or improper grooming and trimming of the nail.