Wearing shoes that are too narrow or short can put increased pressure onto the toes creating an ingrowing toenail. Commonly seen in ladies wearing high narrow shoes and footballers who like to have their boots fitting snugley.
Dropping items, having your toe trodden and repetitive injuries such as kicking balls can lead for the nail to become inflamed and ingrowing.
Cutting your nails to short or down the sides of the nail can cause injury and lead onto an ingrowing nail.
picking nails is often a habit like biting your nails, this can cause damage to the nail plate.
We inherit the shape of our foot often from a parent or relative, this is also the case for nail plates as they often be wider and naturally have an increased curvature to them, creating a higher risk of experiencing and ingrowing toenail