What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail, in fact, is a part of a nail that penetrates the flesh of the toe.
Where does it come from?
Several factors may be at the origin of an ingrown toenail, including:
- A malformation of the toe;
- Wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow;
- Wearing high heels;
- A nail cut in the corners;
- Formation of flesh under the nail;
- Excessive pronation of the foot.
How can it be recognized?
Penetration of then nail into the flesh leads to inflammation, and sometimes even an infection, and sharp pains result at this precise location.
Treatment solutions for an ingrown toenail
- Opt for a foot orthosis
A foot orthosis helps avoid the formation of an ingrown toenail by reducing the pressure under the big doe and ensuring good alignment of the foot while walking.
- Choose an orthopedic shoe
It is recommended to wear an adapted shoe that respects the anatomy of the foot without compressing the forefoot or the toes, and that has a low heel and a square toe.