According to Dr. Eric Hart, "Many people trim toenails by tapering the corners so the nail curves with the shape of the toe. But this technique may encourage the toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. The sides or corners of this nail then dig into your skin. The surrounding skin is likely to become swollen and tender and can become infected. The problem most often occurs with the big toe."
|Dr. Eric Hart
"Shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure also may cause ingrown toenails. Trim toenails straight across, select proper shoe styles and sizes, and respond to foot pain in a timely manner, " says Hart.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.