One of the leading factors of ingrown nails is simply your genetics. If the natural shape of the nail is more horseshoe-like rather than flat, then it’s more typical for the sides of the nails to dig into the skin. Attempting to fix an ingrown nail can sometimes allow for infection and can almost always leave a small piece of the nail if done incorrectly which can irritate the condition.
Ingrown toenails typically affect the big toe but can happen to any of your toenails. People with curved or thick nails tend to be the most susceptible to ingrown toenails although anyone who is guilty of wearing poorly fitted shoes, poor foot hygiene, or recent injury can all become affected with ingrown toenails. If you suffer from diabetes you need to be especially aggressive with ingrown toenails because they can cause serious complications including loss of limb!
Try trimming your nails in a straight line across the nail. Also, make sure not to let your nails grow too long. Keeping your nails long can invite shoe and sock dust and dirt as well as build up of fungus and bacteria underneath the nail. Be sure to always wear comfortable shoes, never anything that is too tight or restraining. And be sure to wash your feet with soap and water while changing your socks regularly.
If you suffer from chronic ingrown toenails then it might be time to start considering nail removal surgery or other medical treatments to prevent the nail from coming back and causing infection!