The ingrown toenail is a nail that penetrates the surrounding skin on one or both sides, causing painful inflammation that can lead to infection. The nail of the big toe is most often affected, but all toes are likely to suffer.
THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF INGROWN TOENAIL :
Poor nail cut : it is important to cut the right nails and not try to dig in the corners
Inadequate shoe (shoe too tight at the front of the foot, or shoe too small, or even wear high heels)
Natural form of the nail (the nails too curved or rounded tend to incarnate)
Underlying bone disease
Single trauma (an object that falls on the nail or a blow)
Repeated trauma (practice of a sport)
Swelling of the feet (eg venous edema)
SYMPTOM OF INGROWN TOENAILS
The main symptom of an ingrown toenail is pain that appears on the skin around the affected nail. This pain is increased with wearing tight shoes. The simple weight of the bed sheets can create pain. Generally, the pain is accompanied by redness and localized swelling of the skin surrounding the incarnated nail. If the problem is not treated, a flow of pus or serous fluid may occur.
It is very important to treat an ingrown nail quickly to avoid any complications.