- How come I have like in grown finger and toe nails on almost every single toe n finger I have?
If many or all of your finger and toe nails have this issue, it can be inherited or can develop over time from specific causes. Certain types of ingrown nails can also be called “pincer nails”. For inherited ingrown nails, if you look at the nails of family members, you might see similar types of nails that are grown in and usually both sides are similar. Some medical conditions can cause ingrown nails, like psoriasis or fungal nail infections, for instance. These types of nails tend to be over-curved so that the sides dive deep down into the sides of the toe or finger. Another reason for nails to grow in like this is if the bones in the tips of your toes or fingers are unusually flat or grow for some reason.
So, what can you do? Well, to try to avoid them, make sure your shoes fit well, and try not to cut your nails too short. If you already have the problem, you can try to soften the nail by soaking for 10 minutes at a time in a hot foot bath before trying to cut the nails. Sometimes if the nail is really curved, it can get quite thick and be really hard to cut on your own. You might need help from your doctor or other health care provider, though. Years ago, they thought if you took off the whole nail, it would grow back flat and would prevent more ingrown nails, but actually they realized that it works better to cut a thin slice down the side of the nail that is most bothersome. You will get a shot to make that finger or toe numb while the procedure is done.
Don’t be shy about going to your doctor or nurse about your nails – they can help treat them if they are bothering you, and they can examine you and help figure out why you have them and what makes most sense for your situation.