Ingrown nails -- when the nail grows into the flesh instead of over it --
usually affect the toenails, particularly the big toe. People with curved or
thick nails are most susceptible, although anyone can suffer from ingrown nails
as a result of an injury, poorly fitting shoes, or because of improper grooming
of the feet. People with diabetes,vascular problems, or
numbness in the toes need to be aggressive in treating and preventing minor
foot ailments such as an ingrown toenail because they can
develop into serious medical problems such as loss of a limb.
Read more about ingrown nails.