You can get an ingrown toenail in many different ways. Shoes that squeeze your toes and press down on your nails can cause them to curl. Cutting your nails too short or clipping the corners may allow the tissue to grow into the skin. Dropping a heavy object on your foot or kicking something too hard can damage the nail and influence its growth. Your natural nail shape may play a role as well. Some people have curved nails that may be more prone to ingrowing.
However your nail problem developed, taking care of it promptly can help eliminate the pain and prevent infections. While some conservative measures may help, having the offending edge cut away and the toe treated for bacteria is the best way to truly deal with the problem. If you develop an ingrown nail, Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona is here to help. You can reach us for an appointment to take care of your nails by calling, faxing, or submitting a form on our website: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; to get the Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.